Invest in neighbourhood policing to reassure the public, provide prevention advice, solve problems, tackle anti-social behaviour and build confidence.

I will:

  • Put more Police Officers back on our streets.
  • Engage with and empower communities to enable them to play an active role in crime prevention and resolve local issues.
  • Ensure Police teams are more visible and accountable – and there is a nominated and visible local officer or PSCO in every neighbourhood.
  • Work with partners to ensure the public know where to report issues and access the right services, at the right time from the right agency.
  • Explore the feasibility of establishing a Community Orientated Policing (COP) bank similar to the NHS nursing banks to address demand pressures and provide additional capacity to respond to localised problem solving solutions.
  • Set up Community Safety Volunteer, Employment and Training (VET) Academy to support, promote careers and volunteering opportunities in the criminal justice sector.
  • Work with partners to establish area based multi-agency hubs to support collaborative problem solving approaches to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and victimisation
  • Involve people with lived experience when working with victims of crime, anti-social behaviour, addictions and abuse.
  • Appoint an Anti-Social Behaviour Champion to spearhead multi-agency action to address persistent anti-social behaviour and chair Community Trigger resolution meetings.
  • Display guidelines on how to enact the (ASB) Community Trigger prominently on websites, notice boards and publications to enable all victims of anti-social behaviour to seek redress.
  • Review how the Police, Darlington Council and Durham County Council take ownership of ASB reports to ensure people get the right support at the right time by the right organisation.
  • Tackle quality of life issues that matter most to residents such as anti-social behaviour, fly tippling, vandalism and dog fouling.
  • Use the full suite of criminal and civic tools and powers to address anti-social behaviour effectively.
  • Ensure victims of persistent, unresolved anti-social behaviour are able to access to support as do victims of crime.
  • Enable victims of ASB to attend a resolution meeting to explain the impact the ASB behaviour is having on them.
  • Encourage victims to submit a written account of the effects of the ASB and be entitled to read it or have it read out on their behalf at the Community Trigger Meeting.
  • Lobby the home office to consider replicating legal powers currently available to police in Scotland to enable our officers to serve warnings, fines and seize noisy equipment.
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