Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is planning to host a City Centre Summit with partners early in the New Year to consider how best to tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the city.
The Commissioner has promised to do all he can to respond to communities’ concerns about the environmental issues and anti-social behaviour that blight some areas and is determined to focus on these and related ongoing issues such as street drinking which, he points out, take their toll on those who live and work in the city centre.
Mr Dhindsa, who welcomed new guidance on tackling street drinking published today by Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping, is keen to have discussions with representatives from all agencies potentially affected by the problem to expand the partnership approach. “Street drinking and anti-social behaviour detracts from our city’s appeal and therefore affects residents, businesses and visitors, so it makes sense to pool ideas and resources with a view to resolving these problems,” he said. “The new guidance advocates a multi-agency approach and that is just what we are doing.
“I am determined to bring partners together to enable workable solutions to be found. I want to see a practical resolution, not just a displacement of the problem to another part of the city. Low-level and environmental type crime can cause immense distress to innocent, law-abiding bystanders. This is why dealing with these concerns became part of my pre-election pledges and why I included them in my Police and Crime Plan.”
He has now invited a wide range of organisations and leaders to attend an initial and a follow-up summit. These include representatives of Derbyshire Constabulary, Derby City Council, Intu and other businesses, Derby University, Derby Telegraph and St Peter’s Church.
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Posted on Thursday 17th November 2016