The principles of Safe Places are that:
- It is developed in each locality by partnership between local businesses, services, local government and voluntary groups: engagement with the neighbourhood police community support team is seen as essential.
- Ownership of Safe Places is local but oversight for the scheme across Wiltshire is provided by the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership.
- Once a scheme has been set up it needs to be maintained to keep it alive.
Safe Places is a National scheme encouraging businesses and services to provide initial support to anyone who becomes upset, confused or vulnerable when out and about in their community. A safe place is indicated by the Safe Place sticker, displayed prominently in the window of each business or service that has agreed to take on this role.
In Wiltshire, Safe Places has been piloted successfully in Salisbury and Devizes in 2013 and now has received funding from the Wiltshire Police and Crime commissioner to help roll out the scheme across the county.
The Police and crime Commissioner funding will provide the toolkit, the Safe Place stickers, leaflets, ICE cards and the loan of the promotional pull up banner.
A mentor from Safe Places Implementation Steering Group will help set up the local steering groups and offer assistance while the scheme is being set up.
The local steering groups may wish to undertake promotional activities such as a launch event and are encouraged to look for additional funding from their Community Area Board or other local funding initiatives to help with this.
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