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Wales Safer Communities Network Launch Celebration at Senedd Cymru

PRESS RELEASE – Wales Safer Communities Network Launch Celebration

WLGA PRESS RELEASEThursday 27 October 2022

Wales Safer Communities Network Launch Celebration at Senedd Cymru on 27 October 2022

On Thursday 27 October 2022, 10:00-13:30, the Wales Safer Communities Network will host their Launch Celebration at Senedd Cymru to celebrate what’s happening in Community Safety across Wales.

The Launch, which is sponsored by Sarah Murphy MS, will see a keynote speech from Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice. In addition, Rt Hon Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and co-Chair of the Wales Safer Communities Board, will reflect on the story of the Network so far.

The event is an opportunity to showcase the good practice that is taking place across Wales within the community safety arena, and will include speakers from Policing, Fire and Rescue, Probation, Local Government, Third Sector and Health.

This is an opportunity for the Network to take a step closer to implementing its mission, to become the strategic voice for community safety in Wales, through working collaboratively with members to champion and support community safety partnership working and influence the shaping and development of national policy and local practice.

The Network is overseen by the Wales Safer Communities Board, which aims to ensure effective shared leadership is provided to support local partnership working that promotes safe, strong, confident communities.

To find out more about the Network visit www.safercommunities.wales and follow @WalesSaferComms on Twitter for latest updates.

Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice, said:

“I welcome the official launch of the Wales Safer Communities Network. The Network plays a key role by bringing together community safety partners across Wales, providing leadership and coordinating activity across the various organisations. This strengthens our collective approach to community safety in Wales, supporting effective partnership working and enabling a preventative approach to keeping communities safe.”

Councillor Jane Mudd (Newport), WLGA Spokesperson for Social Justice, said:

“Local government is an essential part of community safety. The fact that WLGA is able to host the Wales Safer Communities Network and co-Chair the Wales Safer Communities Board demonstrates our commitment to the national as well as the regional and local needs that are the focus for community safety, whether that be anti-social behaviour, violence or exploitation. The work collectively with the Network filling the previous known gaps at a national level is why the Network is so important, and the opportunity to participate in this event is so essential.”

Sarah Murphy MS, Senedd Constituency Member and Sponsor of the Launch, said:

“I am delighted to sponsor the Wales Safer Communities Network Launch at the Senedd later today. The Network has already shown itself to be instrumental in drawing together Community Safety initiatives and sharing of information throughout the Partnerships in Wales.”

Rt Hon Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and co- Chair of the Wales Safer Communities Board, said:

“I am extremely pleased that we are able to celebrate the Launch of the Wales Safer Communities Network at Senedd Cymru today, Thursday 27 October 2022. The Network is a partnership led by Local Government and Policing in Wales which involves both devolved and non-devolved partners working together. A number of these partners are sharing some exciting developments in community safety. As co-chair of the Wales Safer Communities Board I find it exciting to see the progress the Network has achieved in delivering against the recommendations of the 2017 Community Safety Review in such a short time. By sharing what works across Wales, we can make all of our communities safer.”

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