Bexley Community Safety Partnership

The Bexley Community Safety Partnership (BCSP) aims to improve the quality of life for the Borough's residents by making them feel safer.

Bexley Community Safety Partnership (BCSP) was established in 1996 prior to the implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which places a duty on key bodies to work together to reduce crime. The Act recognises that partnership working is likely to have a greater impact on crime and specifies that the following bodies must work together:

  • London Borough of Bexley
  • Metropolitan Police
  • London Fire and Rescue Authority
  • London Probation
  • Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group

Collectively these bodies are known as the Responsible Authorities and are required to work in partnership to achieve the following objectives:

  • reduce crime and disorder, including anti-social behaviour
  • combat the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances; and
  • reduce re-offending

In addition to the Responsible Authorities, the following bodies are also currently represented on the BCSP:

  • Bexley Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • Victim Support
  • Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
  • London Assembly Member for Bexley
  • Bexley Magistrates Court

The primary role of the BCSP is to set the strategic direction of the Partnership. A three-year Strategy, BCSP Strategy 2018 to 2021(PDF, 1.02MB), has been developed which is then supported by an annual Action Plan (PDF, 322KB).

In order to determine its annual Action Plan, a Joint Strategic Assessment (JSA) (PDF, 1.12MB) is carried out each year. This assessment, together with the consideration of the views of people living and working in Bexley assist the BCSP in setting its annual priorities. The views of people living and working in Bexley are captured via the Big Bexley Crime Survey.

Domestic homicide is defined as the death of a person who is over 16 as a result of neglect or abuse from a relative, someone who was in an intimate personal relationship with them or was a member of the same household.

When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that they can:

  • identify what needs to be changed
  • reduce the risk of it happening again in the future

The purpose of a domestic homicide review isn't to investigate how the victim died or who is responsible. It is to understand what lessons services can learn from the death of the victim in order to prevent further domestic violence homicides occurring in the future.

When a domestic homicide takes place in Bexley the police immediately inform the Community Safety Partnership and a decision about whether a domestic homicide review is necessary following Home Office guidance.