Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has praised multiagency efforts to clampdown on anti-social behaviour in Ashbourne after reported incidents dropped by half in 12 months.
Latest 12-month data to the end of January 2023 shows 115 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported in the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) area – almost 50 per cent fewer than the same period last year (228).
A recent meeting in Ashbourne heard that a local multi-agency approach was having a positive impact and cited teachers from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School helping to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour at the football stand near Ashbourne Park.
The meeting was set up to provide feedback to the community about the work undertaken to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) since the Commissioner took the role in 2021. Attendees also heard how the force is working hard to undertake proactive activity in anti-social behaviour hotspots across the area to reduce incidents.
Residents across Derbyshire consistently cite anti-social behaviour as one of their highest safety concerns, and this remains a key priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.
She has made it clear to the force she expects police and community safety partners to work together to keep communities safer and effectively drive down anti-social behaviour.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “I’m pleased by these figures which show the force is making significant progress against my Police and Crime Plan priority to tackle anti-social behaviour. As Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, I am here to represent the people of Derbyshire and be their voice in policing. Since I was elected, I have worked with Derbyshire Constabulary and partner agencies to make sure that residents’ concerns about ASB in their area are being addressed. A lot of work has taken place across the board.
“The Police cannot address these problems alone and I’m impressed by the excellent example set by officers in Ashbourne who are working with councillors and the community to make a difference.
“Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental impact on quality of life and increases fear within the community. The public expects to see a strong and proactive approach to solving these problems, and I have made it clear that I expect action to be taken. These figures will no doubt help build trust and confidence in this work however it is important we keep up the good work.”
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