Police and social landlords to sign groundbreaking partnership agreement
Social housing landlords from across Greater Manchester are set to sign a pioneering new pledge that will see them working more closely with the police to create safer communities.
The agreement will see landlords from the 10 local authorities within Greater Manchester sharing information and resources with the police to help develop a more strategic approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. It will also detail how the social housing sector will work with the police to develop business plans and use shared intelligence to deliver effective and efficient services to the public.
Known as the Crime Concordat, it will be the first declaration of its kind to be signed that will cover an entire UK City Region.
As part of the project, Greater Manchester Police will share its annual Policing Plan with the social housing providers. This will help the landlords shape their own business plans to best support the policing priorities.
The Crime Concordat will be signed by representatives of the social housing sector, Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd at a special ceremony at Wigan Youth Zone on Monday 2 December.
Welcoming the agreement, Mr Lloyd said: “Communities across Greater Manchester expect to see the agencies working on their behalf, joining forces and sharing information and valuable resources.”
There is another very important partner in this relationship and that is the people of Greater Manchester. Each individual will have a wealth of information about the areas in which they live and work. This agreement sets in place how the organisations will work together with those communities to make the best use of this information and in turn make those communities safer places to live. Tony Lloyd
As Jon Lord, Chief Executive of Bolton at Home, who will sign the agreement on behalf of Greater Manchester social housing CEOs, explains: “This agreement will support divisional police teams and social landlords to decide what approaches work best for them at a local level. It will encourage closer collaboration to address domestic violence, hate crime and anti-social behaviour, combining police powers and landlords’ civil court powers such as tenancy injunctions and evictions for breaches of tenancy agreements. We expect more best practice to be shared across family intervention services and diversionary activities for young people. It will also strengthen our ‘safer by design’ approach to new build, which puts security and crime prevention measures right at the heart of the construction process.”
Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “Working closely with the police is not something new to the social housing sector. Across Greater Manchester there are many fantastic examples of this partnership approach which have helped to deliver real and lasting improvements for many communities.”
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “This agreement lays the foundation for a stronger working relationship between the police and social housing sector across Greater Manchester. It will mean that the resources, energy and talent within the partnership can be used effectively to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour within our communities, protect vulnerable people and provide greater support for victims of crime.”
ACC Shewan added: “By working together and pooling our resources we can not only make the reporting of and response to criminal behaviour more efficient but we will also be providing the public with a value for money service. We look forward to working more closely with our partners in the social housing sector through this agreement. ”
Chair of the Wigan and Leigh Housing Board, Neil Turner said: “In Wigan we have a particularly close relationship with the police and work well together. This agreement establishes a protocol allowing all Greater Manchester Social Landlords to exchange ideas, their successes and their failures in dealing with ASB. We are leading the way across the country, and I believe this is a template the rest of the nation should adopt and use for the benefit of social tenants in all areas.”
Image: Salix Homes staff and tenants with Greater Manchester Police representatives.