Angelique Foster, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, met with police officers and street wardens as she launched new ‘hotspot’ policing patrols to crackdown on anti-social behaviour (ASB).
The Commissioner visited Chesterfield Town Centre which is one of a host of areas benefitting from her Derbyshire Action Against Anti-Social Behaviour Plan.
The plan is delivering extra targeted ‘hotspot’ policing and street warden patrols in every district and borough across Derbyshire and Derby City as part of an unprecedented clampdown on nuisance behaviour.
It comes after the force was selected to take part in two pilot schemes to deliver the Home Office’s ‘Immediate Justice’ and ‘Hotspot Policing’ ASB programme, with the Commissioner securing £4.4m to deliver both initiatives across the county.
The Commissioner visited Chesterfield Town Centre this week where she met street wardens and police officers who will be involved in the new patrols.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “I know people who live and visit Chesterfield Town Centre will welcome these new patrols. They want to see strong and urgent action to make our public spaces safer and to prevent further incidents of ASB from spoiling their quality of life.
“The officers and street wardens involved in the scheme have received extra training and will be working closely together to drive ASB out of our communities.
“ASB can have a serious and detrimental effect on mental wellbeing, and we must have a zero tolerance approach to make any significant impact. This is something I have been very clear about since I was elected in 2021. We have seen significant improvements in Derbyshire over the last 2 years. This scheme will build on the progress I have already made and ensure hardworking citizens and communities receive the support they need to stamp out ASB.”
Earlier this month, the Commissioner unveiled a new Derbyshire Immediate Justice scheme as part of the pilot to ensure offenders receive swift and visible punishment for their behaviour.
The Commissioner and her team have designed a bespoke scheme which is being delivered across the county. Under the programme, perpetrators will be made to confront the consequences of their actions and pay back their victims and communities for the harm they have caused.
The Commissioner has prioritised ASB in her Police and Crime Plan and as part of her work, funds an annual grant scheme to support local organisations to proactively tackle and prevent problems.
Derbyshire was one of just four forces to be selected to take part in both the Hotspot Policing and Immediate Justice elements of the Home Office’s programme
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