The partnership decides the priorities for the city each year based on information from the police, partner organisations, residents and businesses as well as national concerns.
The priorities for Exeter for 2022-23 are:
- Hate Crime and Extremism
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Reducing Serious Violence and Organised Crime including County Lines
There are task and finish groups for each of these issue which report progress to the partnership's executive group.
Safer Exeter has also received funding from the Home Office under the Safer Streets programme which has allowed us to make major improvements. For example:
- As part of Safer Streets 2 we installed 32 CCTV cameras in the city centre in areas where people had told us they felt most unsafe. The partnership has just been awarded further funding under Safer Streets 4 bidding round which will allow us to install a further 32 cameras along transit routes to a wider area of the city that has a particularly high footfall in the evening and night time.
- We are working with Devon County Council under their role as the Highway Authority to improve lighting across the city. As well as improving the existing street lighting provision we are adding additional lighting columns to improve the overall uniformity of light and remove dark areas. We will use the latest, most efficient LED technology to lower the carbon footprint and look at Passive Infrared or other motion activated technology where appropriate to balance security against excessive light pollution
- Creation of a safe space equipped and supported by trained volunteers, for anyone feeling vulnerable when out in the evening and night time. It will provide a warm safe place to wait for friends, a taxi or night bus; Water, warm drinks and a phone charging point; somewhere to talk through any concerns and support to repot incidents to the police.
- Roll out of a Bystander Intervention Programme that helps to develop people’s confidence, willingness, and ability to intervene in situations where someone is being harassed and challenges attitudes, beliefs, cultural and peer group norms related to perpetration of violence against women and girls. The aim is to start with a train the trainer model that will eventually deliver to 120 people in statutory agencies, 120 people working in the night time economy and 120 people in the general community, with a specific emphasis on recruiting men.
- Development of an educational toolkit focused on attitudinal change and awareness raising to prevent street harassment. The toolkit would be targeted at primary and secondary school age children. In the former it would be focused on attitudinal change (as we know disrespect and aggressive behaviour are dyed in early) and in the latter to prevent street harassment. It will be coordinated through the Exeter Education Alliance (E3), a collective of education providers in the City of Exeter (including the University, College, Ted Wragg Trust and Exeter Learning Academy Trust and others).