Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.
Chatper 8: Fighting the Enemy Within: Building Cohesive Communities
Although the Labour government came to power in 1997 voicing a commitment to involve communities in crime prevention, the actual infrastructure which they put in place for community participation ‘was far from solid or robust’ (Gilling 2007: 92). The ‘local governance of crime’ rested upon the formation of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) which were loose organisational structures which, although they included ‘lead’ partners from a variety of local and community-based organisations thought to have a stake in the prevention of crime in the neighbourhood, proved to be rather top-down and bureaucratic in their approach. They were led in the main by their local authority partners, together with the police, and ...