Local partnership works to reduce anti-social behaviourThe Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) is taking steps to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in the district. The Partnership will work together to target known hot spots in an attempt to improve the quality of life for local residents.
During the summer of 2009, there was an increase in the number of reports of anti-social behaviour, particularly in local parks and open spaces. This has resulted in plans to help prevent similar problems occurring this year by putting in place early intervention, education, and enforcement measures.
In the run up to the Hampshire Constabulary’s Anti-Social Behaviour Summer Campaign, members of the Partnership have been visiting local schools to talk to pupils about how to enjoy the summer months without having a negative impact on their local community. Letters have also been sent to pupils and their parents, providing them with information on action that can be taken if an individual is continually identified as causing anti social behaviour anywhere within the district.
The work being carried out by the Partnership has also included patrolling known hot spots in parks and open spaces to prevent occurrences of anti-social behaviour. Patrolling officers are also using this opportunity to engage with individuals, explain the impact of anti-social behaviour, and provide information on local activities.
If necessary, officers are able to use enforcement powers available to them to deal with persistent offenders.
Cllr Lucille Thompson, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Safety, said: “Winchester Community Safety Partnership wants to ensure that people of all ages can enjoy spending time in our parks and open spaces. We believe that, by putting in place prevention and education measures, we can reduce anti-social behaviour and still promote all that the district has to offer.”
Over the next few months, young people will also have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities with members of the Community Safety Partnership. To find out what is happening in your area, speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Police Officer or visit www.wdsp.co.uk/communitysafety