Police vow to tackle 12 anti-social behavior hotspots in Fareham
Increased anti-social behavior over the summer “will be dealt with”, a chief inspector has promised.
Chief Inspector Fifi Gulam-Husen took charge of Fareham and Gosport districts in April and is preparing to spend the summer months tackling anti-social behaviour.
Police in both cities will participate in targeted operations throughout the summer, with anti-social hotspots already identified.
Chief Inspector Gulam-Husen said: “Seasonal anti-social behavior is a real problem in Fareham and Gosport – at certain times of the year crime will fluctuate, and summer is one of those times.
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“It’s my first summer here as chief inspector, so I’m counting on my inspectors and other senior police officers to help assess what’s going on.
“A lot of this anti-social behavior is happening around the seafront, so it’s something we’re looking at particularly – that’s why we’re going to be running Operation Wavebreak, which will see additional patrols along the seafront. sea from Gosport.
“We know where the hotspots for anti-social behavior are and that will be addressed.”
A second operation, called Operation Wavebreaker, will look at antisocial behavior on the water itself.
This is led by the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Police Unit and the Harbor Master.
The officers will also work in tandem with Gosport Borough Council’s Summer Passport Scheme, which offers free and open-access diversionary activities for young people twice a week.
The Chief Inspector herself is no stranger to tackling anti-social behaviour, having spent 17 years with the Metropolitan Police.
“We have already identified 12 hotspots in Fareham and we will send more officers to these locations,” she said.
“Fareham Borough Council also have two mobile cameras and we will work with them to position them where we need them.
“We are looking for the younger generation here – there will be alcohol, tobacco and gravestones in the water. It is unpleasant for others to spend their day in these areas.”
Chief Inspector Gulam-Husen added that his focus will be proactive rather than reactive.
Further preventative measures will be introduced through antisocial behavior clinics with young people and their parents, and the potential work of the Rio Ferdinand Fund – which engages with disadvantaged young people and communities.
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