Durham CCP welcomes support for victims of anti-social behavior

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has welcomed new support for victims in efforts to crack down on anti-social behavior.

Joy Allen, PCC for County Durham and Darlington, said: “Victims of crime must remain at the heart of everything we do.

“I have made it clear that protecting victims of anti-social behavior in County Durham and Darlington is a key priority and, together with the force and our partners, we will use these measures to maximum effectiveness in our communities.”

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She welcomed new Home Office guidelines that back new powers to tackle anti-social behavior and toughen up local issues.

The tips give front-line professionals support to increase care for victims.

It also calls on the police and their partners to consider the impact of persistent and repeated anti-social behavior on victims.

The new powers include public space protection orders – one of which was renewed for three years in downtown Darlington – as well as civil injunctions, criminal behavior orders, dispersal powers and community protection notice.

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Introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 update, the powers are intended to strengthen the protection of victims and communities and provide rapid and effective responses.

The guidelines also refer to the “community trigger” regime.

This gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their case in certain circumstances, and brings organizations together to find a “joint” solution to a problem.

Community triggering can be activated by a local councillor, MP, carer, professional, family member or individual.

PCCs are involved in the process, including reviewing cases, promoting awareness and attending meetings.

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Ms Allen said: “I welcome the arrival of these new guidelines which give police and their partners more clarity and support on using effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“I am particularly pleased with the focus on victims and the legal requirement for agencies to consider the psychological and physical impact of these incidents on individuals and their communities.”

County Durham and Darlington Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen. Photo: Echo of the North.

Anti-social behavior champion Andrea Patterson said: “The new guidance supports the robust approach already taken by the force and its partners to reassure and protect all victims of anti-social behaviour.

“Over the coming weeks, we will work closely with the force and partner agencies to agree and implement these significant changes to ensure victims reap the benefits of these new powers without delay.”

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