Tackling anti-social behaviour
Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) is one of the key areas that Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is focussing on across County Durham and Darlington. This refers to any selfish activity which a nuisance, intimidating, destructive or affects someone else’s quality of life.
How the PCC is tackling this issue
Since his election in November 2012, lots of activity has been undertaken, ranging from financial support for youth diversion schemes such as the 4motion Skate Park in Darlington, Sacriston Youth Club, the YMCA Y-Skate project and the funding the PCC supplied to the Safe Durham Partnership. A proportion of this was used for posts within the council's Neighbourhood Services teams for Anti-social behaviour officers.
Residents have spoken to Ron about anti-social behaviour and the negative impact it has upon an individual's life. Ron helps where he can, either through the complaints process or direct referrals to the appropriate officer within Durham Constabulary, to ensure these issues are addressed.
Remember, you can contact your local neighbourhood policing team to address local issues withon your own community. Call 101, or visit the 'Your Neighbourhood' page on Durham Constabulary's website for details.
New Anti-social behaviour legislation
Ron explains about some of the useful elements of the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and what this legislation means to residents in County Durham and Darlington.
Please click on the relevant YouTube videos below for more information:
In addition to the video, you can also download the Community Trigger leaflet
A leaflet is also available to download about Community Remedy
Information about Community Protection Notices
Information about Community Protection Orders
Information about Dispersal Powers
Information about Criminal Behaviour Orders
Information about Public Spaces Protection Orders
Information about Closure Orders
Information about Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs)
Other past examples of working to tackle anti-social behaviour
Biting Back at Loan Sharks
Ron gave his full support to a campaign launched by Durham Constabulary tackling loan sharks in Shotton Colliery in July 2013. The campaign was aimed at encouraging people to turn away from loan sharks and to report the crime if they have been a victim.
The signing of the ‘stopping loan sharks charter’ in partnership with the Constabulary, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and the National Illegal Money Lending Team, sent out a clear message that loan sharking will not be tolerated across County Durham and Darlington. We want our communities to feel safe and confident.
Cyber bullying competition
Ron held a competition to design a logo for the launch of his campaign against the dangers of cyber bullying. The purpose of this competition was not just to design a logo, but to also get young people talking together, and with their teachers, about the dangers of cyber bullying and the effect this can have on victims.
With more and more reports in the media nationally of young people being targeted over the internet by bullies, it is important that we work together to keep our young people safe.
Ron attends and participates in many partnership events, such as a community litter pick initiative at Grange Villa, which are often originally requested by young people themselves. On many of these visits, Ron has seen first-hand how residents of all ages have come together for the betterment of their community.
Local safety carousels
Year 6 pupils from schools across County Durham and Darlington have joined the Fire Service, Durham Constabulary and other partner agencies for the annual Safety Carousels.
This is a fantastic, ongoing example of partners working together and helping to make our children safer. The pupils in had the opportunity to learn how to stay safe in six fun interactive workshops, which included home fire safety, arson awareness, electricity safety, water safety, first aid and cyber bullying / internet safety.
The cyber bullying session was particularly important and was well received by all the children who now have a clearer idea of what cyber bullying is all about, how to support a friend if they are being bullied and how to report instances of cyber bullying.
The carousels continue to be delivered to schools every March and November as an ongoing commitment to safety awareness for young people.
Tackling street drinking and anti-social behaviour
The overall aim of these operations is to ensure the safety of the young people.Ongoing work with partners to raise awareness and tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour, particularly amongst young people in the lead up to key annual events, such as the start of the school summer holidays.
Any young person found to be under the influence of alcohol are taken to a place of safety where they are given suitable advice about alcohol misuse before being collected by their parents or guardians.