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Meeting: 12/03/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 22)

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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 Presentation

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 Leaders

10 Community Protection Officers

1 Community Safety and Strategic Partnerships Officer

1 Domestic Violence and Vulnerability Officer

1 Drug and Alcohol Outreach Worker.


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 required.


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 communities.


Their duties included:-


·         Confiscating Alcohol

·         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 solutions including:-


·         Early Intervention

·         Mediation

·         Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts

·         Youth Diversion Events i.e. Litter Picks.


More formal enforcement action included:-


·         Community Protection Notices

·         Injunctions

·         Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s)

·         Closure Orders

·         Possessions.


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