Local Action Groups

A Local Action Group is a group of local people working alongside relevant agencies to address crime in their neighbourhood.

Who needs to be involved in a Local Action Group?

When a new group is coming together to look at identified community safety issues in their area, it should ideally have a wide representation of residents and agencies who are affected by the problems and can contribute to a solution.

  • Householders living in a particular area who are affected 
  • Publicans/traders who have premises in on near that area
  • Tenant/residents associations
  • Churches and sports facilities in that area
  • Community groups
  • Schools
  • Youth groups - young people and staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Youth Parish Councils
  • District and County Councillors
  • Registered social landlords
  • Beat Manager and/or Police Community Support Officers
  • SSDC Community Development Officers
  • Other agencies such as Trading Standards, Fire & Rescue Service, Health Services etc.

What are the essentials for a Local Action Group to succeed?

A Local Action Group must have:

  • A venue - town hall, church hall, local pub 
  • A chairperson who can keep the group to the point but allow enough discussion to allow innovative new ideas to evolve.
  • A note taker - essential in keeping communication going!
  • A Treasurer - only necessary if the group holds funds in their own right….it may be simpler to use an accountable body such as the parish council. 
  • A link to the Partnership's Area Action Panel - giving the ability to cascade up the chain any community safety issues that can't be dealt with on a local level.

What you need to do

1. Be clear on your aims

  • Hold structured meetings by circulating agenda prior to meeting
  • Implement projects and activities aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour
  • Organise community consultation and information events
  • Encourage your community to be proactive in crime prevention

2. Produce an action plan detailing:

  • The issues to be resolved.
  • The action to be carried out
  • Who is to lead on this action
  • The date for completion
  • An evaluation, did it work?

 3. Feedback to other members of the community via various methods, which might include:

  • Annual open meetings
  • Parish council meetings
  • Parish magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Fliers
  • Parish notice-boards
  • Community safety events
  • Beat surgeries
For more information, please contact our Community Safety team.