Violence Campaign proves successful

Press Release: 25/01/2011

Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP)

Hampshire Constabulary’s violence campaign, which ran from 1 September 2009 to 9 January 2011, has been successful in reducing violence within the Winchester District.  Violence with Injury has fallen by 28.7% which is a reduction of 71 offences for 2010/11 compared to the same period in 2009/10.

Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) supported Hampshire Constabulary during the campaign, which focussed on the WCSP priority areas of domestic violence and night-time economy violence. 

The partnership undertook a number of activities during this campaign to assist in the reduction of incidents which included:
· Raising awareness of the impact of alcohol during events held in Alcohol Awareness week and WCSP  Christmas Campaign
· Enforcing licensing conditions
· High visibility patrols by partnership officers

The Winchester District Commander for Police, Chief Inspector Steve Baxter, commented that “The reduction in violence with injury of 28.7% reflects the benefits of partnership working within our district. However we will not be complacent because we are aware of the need to tackle the negative impact of the anti-social behaviour of some individual’s and of the problems caused by a minority of licensed premises.”

Cllr Lucille Thompson Portfolio Holder for Communities and Chair of WCSP said, “The partnership is proud to support our partners in wider campaigns.  We are able to play a key role in offering support, intervention and complimenting the enforcement role of our police partners”.

For more information on the work of the WCSP please visit www.wdsp.co.uk/communitysafety