Established in July 2009, the Community Protection team is one of the Council’s newest service areas, and has been developing ever since; moving from an initial emphasis of tackling on-street ASB through high visibility patrolling, to a more blended approach which not only seeks to confront issues head on, but also work with victims over time and build cases against offenders where necessary. In January 2014, a new post of Domestic Violence Prevention Officer was created, bolstering the team’s efforts in this area.
Working alongside our partners we have made great strides in how we support victims and tackle offenders, using statutory powers whenever needed. There is however increasing demand for our assistance and our focus is therefore both on helping to solve immediate issues but also working to prevent recurrence.
The team tackle all aspects of anti-social behaviour and nuisance (including all forms of neighbour related ASB, and wider environmental issues such as waste on land and fly-tipping) and work across all domestic properties irrespective of tenure and public places. The Council is now looking at resources across the Council focusing upon the priority areas to ensure our communities with most challenging needs are strengthened and prosper whilst ensuring we work with our partners to achieve the sustainable improvements intended.
The Council is playing a lead role in the community safety partnership, facilitating the creation of a multi-agency hub within the Council building which will bring together colleagues from the Police, Council, Probation, and Victim Support. Our previous ‘hub’ was on a smaller scale and whilst this introduced many benefits including information sharing and partnership interaction, we are moving in a new direction towards service integration maximising our collective impact and making a greater and more positive difference for our residents.