Local Policing and anti-social behaviour – If you see it, report it!
After a summer of repeated and in some cases criminal disturbances, the local police support community officers (PSCOs) are back on the beat. Julie has returned from long-term sick leave and will be patrolling alternate days with Graham which we believe will help reduce excessive noise, anti-social behaviour, littering, dog fouling and suspected criminal activity such as drug dealing and discarded needles.
- calls to 101 or even 999 were not dealt with appropriately, and with little follow-up
- there was a lack of a ‘joined-up’ approach from the police and council who had recorded only 7 complaints from residents, far less than FOPA believed to have been made
- the situation has become a health and safety risk, as well as affecting quality of life for residents and visitors
Moving forward, FOPA asked for assurance that this area is recognised as a hotspot, and actions taken by the council and police to reduce incidents and minimise harm.
The response from both police and council is that they can only treat this area as a priority based on the number of incidents that are reported by residents so we must report all and any incidents to the police and council.