Pilot scheme to tackle antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 January 2011

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A PILOT scheme to crack down on antisocial behaviour and protect vulnerable victims will be trialled in North Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is one of just eight forces that will try out the national project, which will include identifying the most at-risk callers, sharing useful information between agencies and changing the way calls are handles.

The seven-month pilot, which will run until July, will also include introducing a new system to log complaints and creating improved IT systems.

Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou, the force antisocial behaviour lead officer, said: “Avon and Somerset police believe everyone should be able to live without their quality of life being affected by antisocial behaviour and crime.

“We are committed to dealing with such difficulties by responding appropriately at the time and working with communities, councils and other agencies to resolve on-going issues.

“We are proud to have been chosen to pilot an approach aimed at protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities, which will build on work we have already done to deliver a gold standard service to victims.”

Crime prevention minister James Brokenshire says that the eight pilot areas have a ‘smart way’ of handing antisocial behaviour complaints and a ‘simple way’ of sharing information.

He added: “It is essential those who raise the alarm and ask for help are listened to and their complaints acted upon promptly.”

The new scheme is designed to help the police engage with communities that suffer from that type of crime, a force priority for Avon and Somerset.

A force spokesman says that there are no further specific details about how the scheme will work.

But there is already a vehicle, designated to any antisocial behaviour, which is on the look out every day for anyone misbehaving in North Somerset.

In most circumstances it is manned by two officers every evening.

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