22 Overview and Scrutiny: Crime and Disorder (Anti-social Behaviour) PDF 470 KB
The Chairman welcomed Inspector
Craig Hall (Nottinghamshire Police), Minesh Patel (Change, Grow,
Live), Rebecca Whitehead and Anotonio Taylor (Community Safety
Team) and Nicky Moss (Housing Services) to the meeting and advised
that the evening’s events would be streamed live through the
Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Those following the meeting
would be able to submit questions which representatives would then
seek to answer during the meeting if time permitted. The
Nottinghamshire County Council Youth Forum had also submitted
questions for consideration in advance and had indicated that they
would be watching the live stream.
In accordance with the Police
and Justice Act 2006, the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny
function had powers to consider crime and disorder issues and the
meeting had been arranged to enable Members and members of the
public to engage, discuss and focus on anti-social behaviour within
the Ashfield District.
Community Protection Team
The Committee firstly heard
from the Council’s Community Protection Manager, Rebecca
Whitehead, who outlined the general classifications for anti-social
behaviour and the Council’s priorities for tackling ASB along
with its partner agencies.
The Community Protection Team
were currently made up of the following:-
2 Community Protection Team
10 Community Protection
1 Community Safety and
Strategic Partnerships Officer
1 Domestic Violence and
1 Drug and Alcohol Outreach
Other Council teams also
contributed towards the reduction in ASB with assistance from
Housing Options, Licensing, Environmental Health, Environmental
Protection and Private Sector Enforcement as and when
The Community Protection
service had now been running for over 10 years with uniformed
Community Protections Officers (CPO’s) patrolling the streets
of Ashfield. Officers were on duty 7
days a week over a variety of shift patterns. Their duties included patrolling the
Council’s parks, estates and town centre and much of their
interaction with the public involved offering support and guidance
to many vulnerable people within Ashfield’s
Their duties included:-
Managing Public Space Protection Orders
Removing Abandoned Vehicles
Issuing Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts
Facilitating Community Litter Picks.
The Community Protection Team also included a
smaller Complex Case Team that managed multiple support needs for
vulnerable adults often made known to the Council through initial
incidences of ASB or following a particular crisis.
The Council’s Complex Case Team Leader
addressed the Committee and gave a brief overview of the work of
the Complex Case Team. A holistic
approach to an individual’s needs was always the priority and
positive action was paramount to ensure that a variety of support
mechanisms were utilised, as required, to reduce the person’s
level of need. Mental health issues
were often at the centre of the problems being experienced and
partner organisations offered valuable support and expertise to
intervene as necessary.
The Complex Case Team used various tools to find
Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts
Youth Diversion Events i.e. Litter Picks.
More formal enforcement action
Community Protection Notices
Public Space Protection Orders
Having recently carried out a
Case Audit, data ...
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