Joint working to help tackle anti social behaviour

A collaborative project between North Wales Police and other partners, which is aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and crime has now gone live in two areas.

Working with Bangor University and the National Police Improvement Agency, North Wales Police have reviewed their current approaches in tackling anti-social behaviour.

The tactics which include targeted patrol and problem solving are recognised internationally as good practice in achieving sustained reductions in anti-social behaviour and crime.

At the start of November2012, the study was initiated in Rhyl and Wrexham with immediate benefits acknowledged. Early indications suggest that calls to the police control room have been reduced in those areas targeted.

Force Anti Social Behaviour Inspector, Michael Isaacs said: “It is of great importance that we dedicate our resources to the things that matter the most to the communities of North Wales and it is encouraging when I hear that the public are telling us that they are already seeing an improvement in their neighbourhoods.”

The trials are due to continue until May 2013, when Bangor University will assist North Wales Police in determining whether this style of policing is effective. Whilst there is good evidence to support implementation, the study will allow the police to evaluate its benefits in a North Wales context.

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone and Dr Christopher Burton, co-directors of the School of Healthcare Sciences IMPLEMENT@BU research programme, are part of the team who are assisting with developing effective policing solutions to anti-social behaviour.

Professor Rycroft-Malone said: “Dr Burton and I are delighted to be working with North Wales Police and the National Police Improvement Agency on issues of regional and national importance, the collaboration provides an excellent opportunity to share experience and expertise in tackling the challenges of implementing evidence of 'what works' across different public services.”

 "Reducing and resolving crime and anti-social behaviour is a key priority for North Wales Police,” said Ian Shannon, Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police.

 “I am grateful for the support that both Bangor University and the National Policing Improvement Agency are providing. This collaborative approach demonstrates our joint commitment to evidence led approaches, which are vital in order to protect the service we provide to the public, particularly when resources are restricted.”

Publication date: 17 January 2013