Community Safety coordinates a range of activities in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police, Devon and Somerset Fire service, housing associations and other related partners to reduce crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour to make Somerset a safer place to live, work and visit.
Community Safety Partnership
Under section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, all Local Authorities have a legal duty to do all they can to reduce crime and disorder.
Somerset Council, together with the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Probation Trust have a duty to work in partnership to tackle crime and disorder along with anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse and reducing reoffending. As well as this, authorities are required to participate in a Community Safety Partnership and to produce a Community Safety Partnership Plan.
We deliver these duties through our membership in the Safer Somerset Community Safety Partnership.
For more information on the partnership, please visit our Safer Communities page.
Safer Somerset Community Safety Partnership has a duty to cooperate with the Police and Crime Commissioner. Please visit Avon and Somerset Police for more information.
Since the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Act 2003, the Safer Somerset Community Partnership has made great progress in tackling Anti-Social Behaviour at a local and strategic level.
Anti-Social Behaviour is a term that is applied to a wide range of activity. The definition that we use is the one in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, “anti-social behaviour is any activity that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household”.
Reports of Anti-Social Behaviour will be used as intelligence gathering and will help to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour together within the community. Examples of things you could report are:
- noise nuisance
- ongoing low-level neighbourhood issues
- racial abuse
- graffiti and more
If you feel a crime has been or is being committed, please contact Avon and Somerset police by phoning 101, or in an emergency phone 999.
If you are a registered social landlord tenant, you may wish to contact your housing provider to discuss the matter with them.
Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner is a role that was introduced in the Police Responsibility and Social Reform Act 2012.
The elected Police and Crime Commissioner replaces the Police Authority structure. Sue Mountstevens was elected as Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012.
The current Police and Crime Commissioner is Mark Shelford.
For full details of the role, responsibility and priorities of the Police and Crime Commissioner please visit the Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner website.
The community trigger is for if you feel that no one is dealing with the anti-social behaviour problems you are experiencing.
If you have already reported a problem to the council, police or housing provider, the community trigger is a way for you to ask the agencies to review your case.
It will make sure we work together to try to solve the problem.
The trigger brings all the agencies with the responsibility to tackle anti-social behaviour problems together to review the case and try to find a solution.
The community trigger can be used by individuals, businesses or community groups. To be able to use the community trigger:
- One person must have made three reports about the problem within six months
- More than one person or group must have made five reports involving the same location, culprit or problem within six months
In order to start a community trigger visit the Avon and Somerset Police page and complete the community trigger form.
If you live in Somerset write to:
Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator
(Community Trigger) Bridgwater Police Centre
Or phone 101 and say you want to use the Somerset Community Trigger.
Dangerously parked vehicle
To report a badly parked vehicle, visit our On-street parking restrictions page
If a vehicle is parked on a grass verge owned by the Council, report it to us.
For information on how to prepare for a flood, including where to purchase sandbags, visit our flooding information page.
To report a building that may be in a dangerous condition and may pose a threat to public safety, visit our dangerous buildings and structures page.
To report a dangerous dog or a dog attack, go to our report it page.
Drug litter or broken glass on the street
If you have found drug litter, broken glass or any other hazard in a public place, report it to us.
Avon and Somerset Police Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Report 2021 to 2022
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are a set of arrangements to manage the risk posed by the most serious sexual, violent and terrorist offenders. They bring together the Police, Probation and Prison services in each of the 42 Areas in England and Wales. To find out more information, read the Avon and Somerset Police Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Report 2021 to 2022.
Protecting the vulnerable in our communities
Somerset Council works with a number of partners such as Avon and Somerset Police, local housing associations and schools in a multi-agency approach designed to protect the vulnerable in our communities.
Human Trafficking is a crime. It is the movement of people by means such as force, coercion, or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. It is a form of Modern Slavery.