Working with communities to tackle crime

We work closely with communities 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 set up to tackle crime and disorder on a multi-agency basis across the borough. It has a legal requirement to develop a strategic plan to addresses multi-agency issues affecting the quality of life for residents. 

The partnership brings together community representatives from:

Crime and safety groups

These groups meet on a monthly basis in the area they cover. The group co-ordinates the activity of community and voluntary to tackle crime and disorder issues. Members of the public are also free to attend and contribute to the meeting. Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team attend these meetings.

This meeting is also an opportunity for the community to influence the policing priorities in their communities. The chair, or a representative of these meetings, will also attend a Multi-Agency Action Group (MAAG) meeting. These are held monthly in the Safer Neighbourhood Team bases.

For further information 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 can contribute to resolving issues like anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime-related issues.

Members from the crime and safety sub-groups and members of the public are invited to attend PACT meetings. Discussions 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 provide scrutiny, challenge and feedback to organisations involved in investigating incidents related to:

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

For more information on becoming a volunteer, download our information and application pack or email the Safer Barnsley Team at