Comunity Safety Partnership logoCommunity Safety Partnerships (CSPs) were set up as statutory bodies at district and unitary local authority level under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The responsible authorities are required to work together to develop and implement strategies to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. This includes developing local approaches to deal with issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and re-offending. In doing so, they work in partnership with a range of other local public, private, community and voluntary groups and with the wider community.

Community Safety Partnerships are required to prepare a partnership plan informed by an annual joint strategic assessment. The administration for the partnerships is a statutory duty of the relevant local authority.


Statutory partners

Ashford Borough Council’s statutory partners include representation from the following agencies:

  • Kent Police
  • Kent County Council (Community Safety)
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company and/or National Probation Service
  • Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group

The above statutory partners each have voting rights.

Other partners

  • Ashford Borough Council Member – Portfolio Holder for Highways, Wellbeing and Safety
  • Ashford Domestic Abuse Forum
  • Kent County Council Member
  • Early Help and Preventative Services/Local Children’s Partnership Group (KCC)
  • Head Teachers Forum
  • Tenterden Town Council

Other agencies are invited to attend as appropriate.

The chair alternates yearly between the local authority and Kent Police.


The Community Safety Partnership produce an annual strategic assessment which provides information and understanding of community safety issues within the borough of Ashford.

The priorities for 2019-20 have been identified as follows:

Community Safety Unit

This is the operational group that sits below the Strategic Community Safety Partnership. The Community Safety Unit (CSU) holds monthly meetings and is attended by various organisations including:

  • Police
  • Ashford Borough Council (Community Safety, Housing, Parking, Licensing)
  • Housing Associations
  • KCC Community Wardens
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ashford and Weald Partnership Against Crime
  • Turning Point
  • Addaction
  • Ashford Street Pastors
  • Sk8side
  • KCC Trading Standards
  • Age UK

Various multi-agency initiatives and operations are undertaken throughout the year to tackle problem areas within the borough.

Safety in Action

This is a yearly interactive event for year six school children to teach them about some of the dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for their transition from primary school to secondary school.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Electrical safety
  • Emergency life support
  • Fire safety
  • Online safety
  • Rail safety
  • Road safety
  • Stranger danger
  • Water safety
  • Healthy relationships

Contact CSU

If you require any further information on how the Community Safety Unit operates please contact:

Community Safety Unit
3rd Floor
Police Station
Kent TN23 1BT

Telephone 01233 330355 or 330891