The Christie report, which highlights a strong case for partnership working, states "Evidence drawn from written submissions to the Commission, public discussion events and stakeholder meetings, demonstrates that some new approaches - characterised by collaboration between organisations and partnerships with people and communities - are making a real difference and can provide positive models for the future."
CSG is founded on a strong collaborative approach with a key strength being the partnership between it, the City Council and Strathclyde Police. CSG was created in response to a previously disjointed approach to community safety which led to initiatives such as Information Sharing Protocols being developed as a result of the Antisocial Behaviour Legislation. This has led to a reduction in bureaucracy and smoother transfer of information, and has had a significant impact upon service delivery. Strathclyde Police has seconded a team to work with CSG to enhance further the partnership.
CSG also works closely with other partner organisations and has staff seconded from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue who work as part of our Community Protection services and APEX (who support the Community Reparation Service employability programmes). The benefits of secondment and co-location mean that the organisation is able to provide real time, consistent and effective interventions in a co-ordinated manner.
Staff are also proactive in supporting partnership working in a range of external settings, with Elected Members, Communities, Community Planning and other City Council Services. CSG plays a significant role in the Clean Glasgow Initiative, in the associated Dog Fouling Campaign and in a City-wide Alcohol Campaign.
Following on from the closure of Paddy's Market in May 2009, which CSG co-ordinated, the Saltmarket and Clydeside Working Group was established to examine a number of issues of concern within the Saltmarket and Clydeside area and to assist in the progression of the regeneration within that locality. The group is chaired by Baillie Gordon Matheson and participants include CSG, Strathclyde Police, Local Housing Associations, Land and Environmental Services (LES), Salvation Army, Glasgow City Council Addiction Services, Glasgow Street Services, Social Work Services, and the Development and Regeneration Services.
By adopting a partnership working approach, the group has succeeded in removing the hoardings from the parapets of the Glasgow Union Bridge, which had been identified as an area being used for criminal behaviour. Joint problem-solving operations have been carried out, which successfully targeted the individuals responsible for drug dealing, drug misuse and antisocial behaviour within the area.
Additional improvements also include better lighting and street furniture, close doors have been repaired, and liaison with British Telecom has resulted in the removal of one of their phone boxes which was being used for drug dealing.
In January 2011 the initiative received the Strathclyde Police Chief Constable's Excellence Award.