MP calls for concerted action against anti-social behaviour

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for concerted action against anti-social behaviour that can blight communities.

   

The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice was speaking at a conference at Slaugham Manor for anti-social behaviour practitioners organised by Sussex Police last month (14 March).   

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Wilkinson opened the conference and attendees - including housing associations, borough and district councils and the police - met to discuss how they can best work together to identify victims of anti-social behaviour.   

Sussex Police has been chosen as one of eight forces to take part in a national anti-social behaviour pilot this year.  This will focus on the way its call-handling deals with reports of anti-social behaviour.   

The Government has announced that the pilots will be based on five key principles:   

  • creating an effective call handling system where each individual has a log of complaints created from the first call;
  • introducing risk assessment tools to quickly identify the most vulnerable victims;
  • installing off the shelf IT systems to share information on cases between agencies;
  • removing the need for meetings by agreeing a protocol across all local agencies setting out how they manage cases; and
  • engaging with the community to set out clearly the issues which are causing the most harm to individuals and neighbourhoods.           

As well as a discussion of these principles the conference heard about the impact anti-social behaviour has had on the lives of two victims.   

Chief Inspector Julia Pope said: "This is the first time across Sussex that anti-social behaviour practitioners have met to discuss working together across the agencies in supporting anti-social behaviour victims.   

"The victims praised Sussex Police for the way we supported them but we want to look at ways of how we can improve how the multi-agencies work together to help victims of anti-social behaviour."   

Nick Herbert commented: "Anti-social behaviour ruins lives, damages our communities and, at its worst, can have tragic consequences.   

"The call handling trials launched earlier this year will make a real difference to the way police forces and their partners protect repeat and vulnerable victims, and I am delighted that Sussex Police, my local force, is one of those participating."

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Notes for Editors   

  1. For more      information about Sussex Police's recent activity, visit http://www.sussex.police.uk/news-and-events/news.     
  2. For more      information on the Home Office's anti-social behaviour policy, visit http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/anti-social-behaviour
Joe Coombes