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Bid to curb antisocial behaviour in York
9:59am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A NEW antisocial behaviour hub could be created in York to help council and police deal with the problem.
Recent figures showed about 12,000 incidents of antisocial behaviour are reported to police in York each year, with about 3,500 reported to the council.
Under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS), special powers will be given to council officers to help them tackle antisocial behaviour, by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police sharing resources at West Offices.
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said the scheme would ensure a more efficient, timely and appropriate response to incidents of antisocial behaviour.
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a great example of how we can improve things for our local communities.
“This is an innovative approach to an old problem, and I hope it improves the lives of all those living in the City of York.”
Councillor David Levene, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Deploying council officers accredited with specific policing powers alongside police officers will benefit our communities by having a single frontline team whose sole purpose would be to proactively tackle antisocial behaviour, including environmental issues like flytipping and graffiti.”
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: “ It is clear from recent community feedback to the council and Police and Crime Commissioner that York residents want their public services to prioritise tackling antisocial behaviour. The proposed joint approach seeks to ensure the city has an effective and efficient response to the needs of the community as outlined in both the Police and Crime Plan and City of York Council strategy.”
The final decision on the scheme will be madeon Tuesday.
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