Waking From a Fading Dream?: An Analysis of Two Key Influences on the Early Work of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

Published 11/12/2002
Type Article
Author(s) John Hicks
Corresponding Authors John Hicks, Independent Consultant

This article explores questions about the locus and future direction of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) in the light of issues that have arisen over the four years since their introduction.

Ideas are rehearsed from the current discourse about crime and disorder, and material from a recent study is used to illustrate shortcomings in joined-up thinking between different areas of government policy.

Two aspects of the early life of the CDRPs are examined – the interface with Area Criminal Justice Strategy Committees, and the involvement of the Health Service. The material is analysed for lessons about the balance between agendas for security, welfare and justice in the work of CDRPs to date. Attention is drawn to the possible future implications, including the possible vulnerability of the crime and disorder agenda, the balance of forces influencing the future work of CDRPs, and the challenges they face in their next phase of life.

Finally consideration is given to what questions are raised by the early impact of the CDRPs in reframing the relationship between criminal justice and social justice.