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Commissioner to meet victims of antisocial behaviour

Five victims of antisocial behaviour in Nottinghamshire are to meet Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping next Tuesday (18 December) at County Hall. 

Tackling antisocial behaviour is one of the Commissioner’s priorities.  During the election campaign he pledged to work with local authorities and other partner organisations to reduce antisocial behaviour by 50%.  

Earlier this year the former Police Authority, carried out an intensive five-month scrutiny into antisocial behaviour (ASB) led by Mel Futer, who will also be in attendance.  The resulting report found that despite stereotypical views of ASB, attention needed to be particularly focused towards persistent ASB from neighbours.

Mr Tipping said: “I want to hear, first hand, what the victims feel about their situations and how they were handled. What they tell me will be invaluable as I look at how problems like these are tackled and how things can be done differently.”

He added: “It’s important that all the partners pull together on this so that we can offer an effective, joined up, solution to these problems which can blight the quality of life in communities.”

At the heart of the recommendations from the original report is recognition that so-called neighbourly ASB cases need to be resolved much more quickly. This takes into account the huge cost of prolonged cases not only to the victim but also in terms of demand on police response call outs and healthcare support.

The recommendations, which have already been accepted by the force and form part of its citizen delivery focus plan, are aimed at improving the quality of life for ASB victims. Measures include providing dedicated support – which the authority has identified as “critical” to reducing incidents – and building the confidence of victims to provide evidence in court. 

Each of the victims invited to meet Mr Tipping had originally described their ordeals to scrutiny committee members. Evidence also came from members of Nottinghamshire Police, their partners and eight authorities who work together on enforcement matters.

The study also found that, in general, incidents of antisocial behaviour had fallen significantly over recent years and victims’ satisfaction had never been higher. This, the report noted, was clearly due to effective partnership working and neighbourhood policing.  

View the original report here.

Posted on Friday 14th December 2012
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