Community Safety Partnerships are nationally recognised bodies. Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, all ‘statutory partners’ should work in partnership to reduce crime and disorder.

In Somerset, Community Safety Partnerships have been in place since the inception of the Act.

Initially district based, the community safety partnership landscape in Somerset has evolved over time. In 2013, the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner approved a formal merger of a county-wide Safer Somerset Partnership.