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Ashfield priorities April 2019

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April 2019

Sutton Town Centre Retail
Crime

Why is this the priority?

  • Last year saw problematic behaviour mainly centred around the misuse of drugs (mamba). This brought with it increased volumes of ASB and retail crime.
  • Last year saw the implementation of a problem solving plan which reduced the amount of drugs and ASB activity within the town centre.
  • However across the district retail crime has increased with Sutton being statistically the most affected area and we want to reduce this
  • The warmer months also traditionally bring an increase of ASB in the town centre which we hope to be proactive in preventing
  • Sutton is also soon be entering a stage of regeneration and the issues above can reduce the effectiveness of this work and as part of the Ashfield community partnership we are dedicated to supporting our partners to making Ashfield a better and safer place to live and visit

What are we doing?

  • A bespoke partnership problem solving plan is to be implemented. This is currently in the planning stages and awaiting detailed analysis to understand the overall problem before establishing a collaborative approach towards talking the problem,
  • The town centre now has a dedicated beat officer and PSCO who are engrained within the community. This is very important for engagement and will ensure that we understand the views of the community when making plans to resolve issues.
  • Proactive use of civil powers including dispersal orders will be used when applicable to remove trouble causers from the town centre

Crime and ASB in Sutton
East (Leamington and New Cross)

Why is this the priority?

  • The Ashfield Neighbourhood Policing Team aims to take an evidence based approach to identifying and resolving Crime and ASB problems within the district.
  • Over the long term the Sutton East beat is constantly attracting the highest volumes of ASB across the district which mirror concerns regularly raised by members of the community to our officers on patrol.
  • Sutton East also features within our vulnerability analysis relating to Robbery, Knife Crime, Acquisitive Crime and Domestic Violence.

What are we doing?

  • A bespoke partnership problem solving plan is to be implemented. This is currently in the planning stages and awaiting detailed analysis to understand the overall problem before establishing a collaborative approach towards talking the problem. This will aim to tackle the most problematic offenders in the area.
  • A dedicated beat officer will be appointed before 1st May 2019. This officer will support the two dedicated PSCO’s who are already engrained within the community. This is very important for engagement and will ensure that we understand the views of the community when making plans to resolve issues.
  • We are currently in engagement with Ashfield District Council to identify a base for officers form the Police and Council to use within the beat area. This will provide better engagement opportunities and ensure we are better established within the community.