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Chair’s Foreword

Welcome to the tenth Joint Strategic Assessment of crime and disorder for South Gloucestershire. This work has been undertaken by the strategic assessment working group on behalf of the Safer and Stronger Communities Strategic Partnership in order to provide an evidence base for the Strategic Partnership’s decision making for 2017/18.

The first Joint Strategic Assessment was published in 2008 and marked an important milestone in the development of a JSA programme for crime and disorder for South Gloucestershire. The assessments provide South Gloucestershire with a high level evaluation of the issues impacting upon the various agencies working in the area and assist in identifying current trends and hot spots to influence service provision in areas such as crime, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse. They help us to make the area safer and protect people from harm.

The data, information, knowledge and evidence about each area has been drawn from partners’ data and intelligence and has provided a picture of the key issues and challenges facing communities and service providers. It will also help local communities decide priorities for action and where decisions about local matters need to be made. I fundamentally believe that the needs of the local community are at the heart of what we do.

This year we have continued our excellent collaborative working between local partners. These include South Gloucestershire Council, the Voluntary Sector, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Avon Fire & Rescue, Public Health, Merlin Housing and Avon & Somerset Probation Service.

The priorities identified in this strategic assessment are of concern to partner agencies and the communities we serve. They are: antisocial behaviour, a focus on a ‘hotspot’ approach to dealing with issues, violent crime (including domestic abuse), hate crime and neighbour nuisance and substance misuse. We also identified two ways of working on which we would like to focus in 2017/18: the sharing and use of data between partners, and shifting to a more operational partnership approach.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the development of the Joint Strategic Assessment. I hope the data and information within it will enable South Gloucestershire community area to deliver a first class service, keep people safe and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Mark Evans, Local Police Area Commander, Avon & Somerset Police