APCC Joint Local Policing Leads, Jeff Cuthbert and Steve Turner, reinforce the collective responsibility we all have to tackle anti-social behaviour in our communities as part of this year's ASB Awareness Week which runs from 3 - 9 July.
“Anti-social behaviour (ASB) has a devastating impact on victims and communities and may threaten fundamental aspects of everyday life, amongst them: personal harm which may manifest through changed routines, impacted quality of life and avoidance behaviours, as well as further negative mental health implications, such as increased stress and anxiety leading on to panic attacks or depression. And that is why tackling ASB is a key priority highlighted in all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) Police and Crime Plans.
“We fully support this year's campaign theme ‘Know Your Rights' with a particular focus on the ASB Case Review - a powerful tool for victims of ASB that far too few people know about. The ASB Case Review gives victims of persistent ASB the right to request a multi-agency case review. As we have previously advocated, tackling ASB is not a police problem but a partnership problem and PCCs play a crucial role in bringing together partners and agencies to tackle issues in the community on behalf of the public. We are the voice of the public and will continue to fund preventative projects and initiatives and work with partners to support those who are victims of ASB.
“Throughout ASB Awareness Week you will see many examples from PCCs on how they are working with partners to prevent ASB locally. They will also be reminding the public of the importance of reporting all incidents of ASB to the appropriate authority.
“We can all play a role in tackling anti-social behaviour and we have a collective responsibility of ensuring everybody in our communities feels safe.”
Visit the RESOLVE website to find out about this year's ASB Awareness Week and how you can get involved.
Watch the Gloucestershire OPCC video: ‘Out of Darkness' presented by former ‘Loose Women' host, and TV cop, Lisa Maxwell. The short film gives advice to people suffering in the face of prolonged anti-social behaviour.