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West Midlands Police Authority

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RAWM, in partnership with Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), Walsall Voluntary Action, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Dudley CVS, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Voluntary Action Coventry and Solihull SUSTAiN has successfully secured a small grant under the Safer Future Communities Fund.

The purpose of the grant is to support the ongoing development of both existing and new networks as they face the changes to be introduced by the election of Police and Crime Commissioners, and to better place the Voluntary & Community sector to meet the future challenges of these new arrangements.

RAWM has experience of working strategically with partners around community safety issues, linking with local communities’ agendas around crime prevention and policy impact and implementation. The 7 organisations named above have built strong links with local Community Safety Partnerships. These infrastructure partnerships have a considerable record of working on the community safety and crime prevention agendas within predominantly urban environments.

RAWM will provide electronic news alerts and briefings, shared across partners, to highlight the potential impact and implications of changes across topics. Intelligence will be secured both from, and for, those partners who are members/representatives on existing Partnerships, Transitional Boards and the range of networks involved in crime prevention and community safety. We will share intelligence with locally-based partners to be distributed more widely amongst community organisations with an interest in these agendas and developments.

Important links have already been established with key strategic partners including the Community Safety Partnerships, the Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Health & Wellbeing Partnership, and the Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board.

Across the West Midlands Police Authority area, approaches towards partners such as Local Authorities, the Probation Service and the National Offender Management Service have been and are being taken up, with a view to establish strategic Criminal Justice consortia; however, the strength of the local infrastructure is one we aim to build through this programme.

To begin this extensive process we have drawn up, with input from our partners, a first draft of an Action Plan to fit with the West Midlands Police Authority’s Community Engagement plan.

We would very much appreciate your comments/ ideas and views as part of the first stage in progressing this important agenda. Please send your comments to