Six victims of antisocial behaviour in Nottinghamshire met Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping on 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 was also in attendance at the meeting. The resulting report found that despite stereotypical views of ASB, attention needed to be particularly focused towards persistent ASB from neighbours. The former Police Authority had asked that the Police and Crime Commissioner ensure that the recommendations were effectively implemented.
Mr Tipping said: "It was both interesting and alarming to hear individual accounts of what these victims have experienced.
"There are a number of areas that need to be addressed based on the Police Authority's scrutiny report and findings. Residents can be reassured that all the points raised today (18 December) around improved evidence gathering, closer partnership working and swifter responses are included the scrutiny report recommendations.
"I am planning to meet with each of the attendees from the meeting today again in six months, along with the former chair of the former ASB scrutiny committee Mel Futer, to further evaluate how the recommendations have been translated into actions.
"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 Focus delivery plan, are aimed at improving the quality of life for ASB victims. Measures include securing evidence much quicker and 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.
The original report can be viewed here.
Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2012