Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

This evening I was on the radio with Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, District Commander for Crawley and Mid Sussex, to discuss a joint initiative between Crawley Borough Council and the Police to tackle local anti-social behaviour. While the UK’s public services are far from integrated, in Crawley there has been a real effort over recent years to develop multi-agency responses to issues which stretch beyond any one service area.

Following reports of anti-social behaviour around Maidenbower Neighbourhood Centre and the playing-fields opposite, local PCSOs and community wardens will be patrolling the parade, engaging with residents and businesses to try to resolve any issues which arise. I visit the area on a fairly regular basis and I wouldn’t say there was a huge problem with ASB and there’s always a risk of unnecessarily penalising young people for socialising in public areas, but it is right that we react to the concerns of local residents to promote a positive environment for all ages in our public spaces.

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