Community safety partnership

Information about the Lewes and Eastbourne community safety partnership and the community safety grant.

We work in partnership with many organisations to prevent criminal activity in our communities. We work together to tackle crime, the underlying causes of crime, and the fear of crime to make Lewes District a safer place to live, work and visit.

The following priorities were identified for 2021/22

  1. Address the incidence of anti-social behaviour and the importance of creating safe and welcoming community spaces 
  2. Tackle the incidence of hate crime, domestic and sexual abuse
  3. Reduce the incidence of serious violence and knife crime
  4. Support the street community and address related ASB
  5. Reduce the incidence of anti-social driving on our roads
  6. Address the community impact of organised crime and drug dealing

Community safety grants

If you have an interesting or innovative idea about how crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour could be tackled in the Lewes District you may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership.

Download the application form below and return it by email, or complete it by hand and return by post.

If you would like a paper copy or if you would like to talk about an idea for a bid please email communitysafety@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

Prevent 

Prevent is a key part of the Government's counter terrorism strategy.  It aims to divert vulnerable people away from supporting or being drawn into terrorist activity.

Our Prevent programme sets out to achieve this with a multi-agency approach. We aim to work effectively with communities and use interventions and safeguarding measures. Our programme includes safeguarding, staff training and community and partnership work.

Community Trigger 

What is a community trigger, how to start one and what happens next?

If you’ve reported anti-social behaviour (ASB) but feel that no action has been taken you can escalate your complaint by starting a ‘community trigger’. 

Also known as an ASB case review, this means that the handling of the case will be looked at again by the agencies involved, such as the council, Sussex Police, and social housing providers.

You can start a community trigger if:

  • You’ve reported three separate instances of the same problem over the last six months, or
  • At least five people have reported the same problem in the last six months.

Each incident of anti-social behaviour must have been reported within one month of it happening.

Case reviews are not able to start if these conditions are not met, but you can report fresh incidents to the council, Sussex Police, or your landlord if you are a tenant of a social housing provider.

Starting the Community Trigger:

You’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Dates you made each of your complaints
  • Person or organisation that registered your complaint or any incident reference number
  • Details of the ASB incidents

What happens after I complete the form?

After you’ve started the community trigger, we will:

  • Send you a letter of acknowledgment within 10 days.
  • Gather information from partner agencies such as the police, fire services or social landlords.
  • Review information with partner agencies and look at the actions they’ve already taken.
  • Decide on next steps.

We’ll keep in touch with you to let you know what’s happening with your case and either:

  • Confirm that your request is valid, tell partner agencies and decide on the next steps within  20 working days.
  • Decide the request is not valid and tell you why.

The whole process can take up to 35 working days. 

You only need to start a community trigger once and we will keep a log of all community trigger cases.

My case didn’t meet the community trigger criteria - what can I do now?

You can make a fresh report of the incident by:

  • Filling out our online ASB and hate crime report form
  • Contacting Sussex Police online or by calling 101
  • reporting directly to your landlord, if you are a tenant of Homes First or a local housing association.
Community trigger applications received by the councils 

The partnership is a multi-agency group comprised of representatives from the police, council, fire service, probation and voluntary sector. Together with members of the community they all work together to make Eastbourne an even safer place.

The following priorities were identified for 2021/22:

  1. Address the incidence of anti-social behaviour and the importance of creating safe and welcoming community spaces 
  2. Tackle the incidence of hate crime, domestic & sexual abuse.
  3. Reduce the incidence of serious violence & knife crime.
  4. Support the street community and address related ASB.
  5. Reduce the incidence of anti-social driving on our roads.
  6. Address the community impact of organised crime and drug dealing.

Community safety grants

If you have an interesting or innovative idea about how crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour could be tackled in Eastbourne you may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership.

Download the application form below and return it by email, or complete it by hand and return by post.

If you would like a paper copy or if you would like to talk about an idea for a bid please email  communitysafety@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk 

Prevent

Prevent is a key part of the Government's counter terrorism strategy.  It aims to divert vulnerable people away from supporting or being drawn into terrorist activity.

Our Prevent programme sets out to achieve this with a multi-agency approach. We aim to work effectively with communities and use interventions and safeguarding measures. Our programme includes safeguarding, staff training and community and partnership work.

Community Trigger

What is a community trigger, how to start one and what happens next?

If you’ve reported anti-social behaviour (ASB) but feel that no action has been taken you can escalate your complaint by starting a ‘community trigger’. 

Also known as an ASB case review, this means that the handling of the case will be looked at again by the agencies involved, such as the council, Sussex Police, and social housing providers.

You can start a community trigger if:

  • You’ve reported three separate instances of the same problem over the last six months, or
  • At least five people have reported the same problem in the last six months.

Each incident of anti-social behaviour must have been reported within one month of it happening.

Case reviews are not able to start if these conditions are not met, but you can report fresh incidents to the council, Sussex Police, or your landlord if you are a tenant of a social housing provider.

Starting the Community Trigger:

You’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Dates you made each of your complaints
  • Person or organisation that registered your complaint or any incident reference number
  • Details of the ASB incidents

What happens after I complete the form?

After you’ve started the community trigger, we will:

  • Send you a letter of acknowledgment within 10 days.
  • Gather information from partner agencies such as the police, fire services or social landlords.
  • Review information with partner agencies and look at the actions they’ve already taken.
  • Decide on next steps.

We’ll keep in touch with you to let you know what’s happening with your case and either:

  • Confirm that your request is valid, tell partner agencies and decide on the next steps within  20 working days.
  • Decide the request is not valid and tell you why.

The whole process can take up to 35 working days. 

You only need to start a community trigger once and we will keep a log of all community trigger cases.

My case didn’t meet the community trigger criteria - what can I do now?

You can make a fresh report of the incident by:

  • Filling out our online ASB and hate crime report form
  • Contacting Sussex Police online or by calling 101
  • reporting directly to your landlord, if you are a tenant of Homes First or a local housing association.


Community triggers received by the councils

 

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