Working together in Northumbria
Whether it is kicking a ball off a wall, behaving in a noisy manner or fighting at a football match, anti-social behaviour can affect anyone at any time and is an issue that needs to be tackled head on.
Northumbria Police officers can’t do this on their own, they work closely with partners such as local authorities and I am once again delighted to support the work of Newcastle and Sunderland Football Club through their Building Bridges programme. I wrote about this scheme last year and am proud to focus on it again as it has made a real difference.
Young people from all walks of life have come together through football to gain a better understanding on how anti-social behaviour can affect their neighbours and family. The programme includes family participation and the feedback from the young people who have taken part and their schools is second to none. I am confident that the aims and vision of this work will have a lasting impact for many years to come.
Some of the ways I will continue to make a difference in 2015-16
- Respond to anti-social behaviour incidents promptly and completing an investigation that meets the victim’s needs;
- Launching an Anti-Social Behaviour Task Force;
- Thrive training for all call handlers, supervision and resource controllers to make sure when dealing with ASB they consider threat, harm, risk, investigation opportunities, the vulnerability of the victim and how to engage with the victim to resolve the issue;
- Ensure new ASB powers are embedded and being actively considered and used;
- Delivering for rural residents who experience ASB
- Re-contacting victims to establish whether their problem has been resolved; and
- Supporting victims through an area wide network of volunteers
Dealing with anti-social behaviour
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can affect anyone and everyone. Although recorded ASB has fallen year on year it is still a major concern of local people in Northumbria. In my Police and Crime Plan I promised to make a difference to you by:
- Ensuring all victims of ASB are contacted personally and their concerns investigated
- Recording repeat ASB complaints and ensuring officers are fully informed
- Providing vulnerable and targeted victims with tailor made support
- Ensuring local agencies work together to engage the victim in stopping the problem
- Using all appropriate powers to tackle ASB
During 2014-15 I have worked to deliver those promises and have:
- Ensured that all vulnerable victims of ASB are identified and provided with a harm reduction plan to meet their specific needs.
- Shaped the Community Trigger locally and monitored its uptake across Northumbria, responding to community concerns and improving the police response locally.
- Developed a Community Remedy providing a menu of local resolution that victims of ASB could request as a way of seeking justice outside of the formal criminal justice route
- Supported local Community Safety Partnerships to enhance their local multi-agency problem solving arrangements including the establishment of volunteers in one area to support victims of ASB
- Offered restorative justice to victims, this enables them to meet or communicate with their offender to explain the real impact of the crime where they feel this will help them cope and recover from a crime
Our work in tackling ASB has made a real difference. During the last year, HMIC inspected how all police forces across the country deal with ASB. Northumbria Police was rated as ‘Outstanding’. I will continue to ensure the Chief Constable maintains these standards delivering outstanding policing for our communities.