Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined community leaders and residents on a “walkabout” in Mansfield yesterday to agree future approaches to antisocial behaviour.
The PCC was invited by Mansfield District Councillors Sonya Ward, Labour perspective parliamentary candidate for Mansfield and Amanda Fischer, portfolio holder for community safety and wellbeing, for a tour of Mansfield town centre to discuss how best to tackle ASB long-term.
During the visit the PCC met local residents including members of the community with experience of working with young people at risk of offending and those with complex needs. They discussed the value of early intervention youth work to increase employability and build confidence among young people and the need for more coordination and joint working among the services which could help.
Mr Tipping said: “I’m very grateful to Sonya and Amanda for inviting me to join the community walkabout in Mansfield. Experience shows us that joining forces with our voluntary, statutory and community partners can make all the difference to young people’s lives and ensures the social, cultural and economic issues that increase the risk of crime are effectively managed.
“There is still an acute lack of funding to fully deliver the intervention and diversionary services we need to improve opportunities for young people but by working together we can exploit the resources we already have and maximise the outcomes.
“Our neighbourhood policing officers in Mansfield have already been working closely with partners to utilise all the legislation available to them and latest figures show this has led to a 3.3% reduction in antisocial behaviour in Mansfield between April 1 and June 26. There is of course much more work to do and we will continue to identify areas where we can better work together to make a difference.”
Cllr Fischer, portfolio holder for community safety and wellbeing, said: “In my time as portfolio holder for community safety at the Mansfield District Council, I want to champion ways of dealing with ASB issues through bringing communities and services together rather than punishing young people.
“I think working with the police and crime commissioner to think of a different way of dealing with ASB can only reap benefits for Mansfield and District.”
Cllr Ward, Labour perspective parliamentary candidate for Mansfield, added: “I’ve spent my life working with young people and communities, and I will always fight for initiatives that give young people the opportunity to reach their potential, rather than merely relying on harsh punishments that can serve to hold them back.
“The reason I’ve asked the police and crime commissioner to come to Mansfield is because I want to talk to him about the impact that a different approach to dealing with antisocial behaviour can have.
“We need early intervention, to develop the skills and potential of young people through linking them in with the right services to bring an end to the types of antisocial behaviour that impacts on our too many in our community.”
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Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019