We work along with external partners to address enforcement issues and provide services that make Medway a safe and secure place to live, work and visit.
We want to ensure our residents feel safe and have created a Community Safety Plan, which describes how we will help to reduce crime and disorder in Medway.
If you're worried about your safety and need help urgently, call 999. If it's not an emergency, call the Police on 101 or contact Kent Crime Stoppers anonymously with information about crime on 0800 555 111.
Community Safety Partnership
Medway's Community Safety Partnership (CSP) was formed in 1998 in response to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which places a duty on the council, the police and other public agencies to form a crime and disorder partnership.
Medway CSP works to make Medway a safer place. Partners work together to develop and implement strategies to protect communities of Medway from a range of issues including anti-scoail behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse and re-offending.
The partnership consists of:
- Medway Council
- Kent Police
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company
- Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
- Kent Fire and Rescue Service
- other key stakeholders and community groups such as PACTs
To read more about the priorities for the CSP over the next year read the Action Plan 2017-18.
Community groups keeping Medway safe
Various community groups and associations across Medway also help with keeping the towns safe:
Chatham alcohol control zone
Medway Council, in partnership with Medway police, controls anti-social behaviour and street drinking in Chatham through an alcohol control zone.
Much vandalism and anti-social behaviour is alcohol related. The alcohol control zone in Chatham helps reduce anti-social behaviour and makes a real difference for people living, working and shopping in the area. The zone was the second in Medway. The first was introduced in Rochester in 2003.
The order does not mean a blanket ban on drinking in public in Chatham, but does mean a police officer or authorised council officer can prevent anyone drinking alcohol if they are behaving anti-socially. They also have the power to confiscate and dispose of alcohol and fine people up to £500 – failure to comply can lead to arrest. Pubs and clubs in the area are not affected by the ban as long as drinking takes place within their premises.
The Think U Know website provides information on all types of electronic communication, including mobile phones, gaming websites, social networking, podcasts, blogs, file sharing and P2P TV, along with advice about how to report incidents and stay in control while online.