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Lichfield crime prevention discussed by the Criminal Justice Council

Work to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in Lichfield has been discussed by the group which shapes how the country’s criminal justice system works.

Lichfield District Council were visited by the Criminal Justice Council who came to hear how issues were being tackled in the area.

The Criminal Justice in Action event featured a series of case studies that illustrated how the Local Strategic Partnership is working to prevent crime and the chances of criminals re-offending.

Councillor David Smith

Councillor David Smith

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, who represents local government on the Criminal Justice Council, said:

“Councils, along with their partners, have a key role to play in preventing crime and anti-social behaviour locally. From using our licensing powers to create safer environments, through to providing positive activities for young people – who might otherwise get involved in criminal activity, what we do impacts the local community.

“We were delighted to welcome representatives from the Criminal Justice Council. It was an opportunity to share a range of case studies on local projects, which highlight how working together locally can deliver tangible results.”

Discussions also took place about the role of the courts and the opportunities for closer working relationships between the judiciary and local community teams.

The impact of substance misuse was a key theme running throughout the event, and calls were made for more funding to be directed towards services that combat alcohol misuse.

Cllr Smith added:

“This was a rare, if not unique, opportunity for a wide range of policy makers, strategists and practitioners to meet and share an understanding of the local and national criminal justice landscape. To have been visited by such high profile people, who help set the national agenda on the way we fight and reduce crime, was a great compliment and shows that we are leading the way in working together to tackle this complex issue.”

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