Tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen.
The PCC is committed to reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour responsible for causing residents of County Durham and Darlington great concern, alarm and distress and she is determined to work with partners to develop local solutions to local problems.
Signalling this commitment, the Commissioner will shortly be appointing an Anti-Social Behaviour Champion who will spearhead multi-agency action to address persistent anti-social behaviour and enabling victims to instigate a Community Trigger to seek redress.
Ensuring victims of persistent anti-social behaviour can access support is also high on the PCC’s agenda.
This week has marked the first ever anti-social behaviour week 19th to 25th July 2021.
PCC Joy Allen said, “Following a crime survey I conducted last year with over 1200 respondents, 78% said anti-social behaviour was their number one priority within the community. This is a priority that the local people of County Durham and Darlington have raised so now we need to addressit.*
“A partnership approach to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour is absolutely key and I will work with partners to establish area based multi-agency hubs to support collaborative problem-solving approaches to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and victimisation.
“My focus is on early prevention and tackling the quality of life issues that matter most to residents such as anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and vandalism and I am having discussions with the local authorities,Durham Constabulary and partner agencies to explore further prevention strategies moving forward including securing funds for local youth projects. I look forward to working with them to make the communities of County Durham and Darlington safer, stronger and more resilient to crime and anti-social behaviour.
“I am eager to recruit an anti-social behaviour champion who will be a strong voice for victims of anti-social behaviour in the force area.I am keen to work closely with an independent champion to ensure the victim’s voice is embedded in all related policies, planning and commissioning moving forward.
“I am currently seeking views from local residents,businesses and community sector organisations to inform my Police and Crime Plan. Have your say on current action taken to tackle anti-social behaviour and help shape the Plan so I can deliver what means most to you.”
Have your say on the Police & Crime Plan : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VS3KTX9
If you’d like to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555111, contact Durham County Council on03000 260000 or https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/ or Darlington Borough Council on 01325 405333.Contact Durham Constabulary on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency. Members of the public are encouraged to report non-emergencies via the online web chat www.durham.police.uk which is available between 9am-5pm.
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