Anti-social Behaviour Policy
‘Tackle and reduce anti-social behaviour’ is one of the Police Crime and Victims' Commissioners policies. Thus, he want to do this, and for people across County Durham and Darlington to have confidence that their concerns are both understood and taken seriously by the police.
A copy of the policy position on anti-social behaviour can be accessed through the links at the bottom of this page.
A number of services exist to tackle anti-social behaviour, in a wide partnership of organisations. These include:
- Local Authority enforcement teams, wardens, and anti-social behaviour officers
- Youth Offending Services
- Community Peer Mentors
- Restorative Justice
- Victims Care and Advice Service
- Darlington ‘TrailBlazer’ initiative
- Durham Vulnerability Intervention Programme
Dealing with ASB is an essential part of neighbourhood policing, reinforced by response police when necessary. PCSOs have a key role in understanding local issues, and visiting communities, with locally-based officers. There is an ASB escalation procedure, which uses a range of interventions including Warning Letters and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, and which has been successful in ensuring that the majority of perpetrators stop their behaviour, with only a small minority needing to be dealt with through enforcement measures. Problem-solving is a key factor.
Some of the neighbourhood policing team are based in the community safety ‘hub’ at Darlington, enabling strong inter-organisational working. Partnership working also exists in Durham, using the escalation procedure in conjunction with a proportionate approach to low-level offenders.
There is a lot of police engagement with schools and youth groups, aiming to prevent ASB taking place.
The PCVC holds the Force and partner organisations to account for the delivery of services to reduce ASB.
ASB Policy Position Summary