Working with communities to tackle crime

We work closely with residents to try to prevent crime and tackle local issues. These are some of the ways we do this.

Safer Barnsley Partnership

The Safer Barnsley Partnership is a statutory partnership. It's been set up to tackle crime and disorder on a multi-agency basis across the borough. It has a legal requirement to make a strategic plan. This addresses the issues affecting the quality of life for residents. 

The partnership brings together:

Crime and safety groups

These groups meet on a monthly basis in the area they cover. The group helps out in the community and tackle crime and disorder issues. Members of the public are also free to attend and take part in the meeting. Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team go to these meetings.

This meeting is also a chance for the community to impact the policing priorities. The chair, or someone who represents these meetings, will also attend a Multi-Agency Action Group (MAAG) meeting. These are held monthly in the Safer Neighbourhood Team bases.

For further details about crime and safety groups contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

Partners and communities together (PACT)

PACT meetings take place monthly. They're attended by a range of agencies that help to fix issues like anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime.

Members from the crime and safety sub-groups and members of the public are invited to attend PACT meetings. They discuss issues that are based on priorities that have been brought to the meeting. These issues will then be addressed by the range of agencies, including the police.

Community Challenge Board

We're working with South Yorkshire Police to recruit volunteers to be part of a community challenge board. The board will scrutinize, challenge and give feedback to groups involved in looking into problems like:

  • hate and harassment
  • anti-social behaviour
  • vulnerable people 

For more details on becoming a volunteer, download our application pack. You can also email the Safer Barnsley Team at