Not so thin blue line
Council teams up with the police to form new team with powers to tackle antisocial behaviour
AN enforcement team has been created to tackle antisocial behaviour.
The Spelthorne enforcement team will see the council and Surrey police officers working together, using combined powers to provide a quicker, more visible and robust response.
Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley has been working with the council and police to address concerns that more needs to be done about bad bevaviour, with the new team meeting for the first time on Wednesday last week.
“The public have told me time and again that they want more done about the antisocial behaviour that blights their lives and the communities they live in,” said Mr Hurley.
“We want to get a more visible presence and provide reassurance, and as a symbol of authority on the streets. I’m delighted to be working with the team at Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey Police to launch this project in a second area, following the success in the borough of Reigate and Banstead.
“As the enforcement team grows, we will be investing in it more, with Runnymede on track to follow suit. Bad people who throw litter on the floor do a lot of other things as well.
“I encourage the public to get in touch with the joint enforcement team if you see antisocial behaviour.
“They exist to make your borough an even better and safer place to live and work.”
The £80,000 funding for the two-year pilot project is being provided by the police commissioner’s office and the council.
Councillor Penny ForbesForsyth, Spelthorne’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Antisocial behaviour makes people feel unsafe and if we can demonstrate w e can effectively and quickly tackle these issues, we can improve people’s sense of wellbeing. The police haven’t been doing it because of the need to concentrate on more serious levels of crime.
“This pilot is designed to make people feel safer and demonstrate that we are not prepared to tolerate actions which, although often described as low-level crime, have an extremely negative effect on the community.”
The joint enforcement team will tackle a range of problems, including abandoned and untaxed vehicles, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping and graffiti.
The council’s section has been given additional powers and training, along with high-vis uniforms.
Spelthorne Neighbourhood Inspector Ian St John said the partnership will cement relations between the council and the police.
“Working together means we can tackle more effectively those that blight our communities,” he said.
Front, from left: Enforcement officers Dharmesh Kothari and Kishor Goyaniand with Jackie Taylor, head of streetscene at Spelthorne. Back from left: Cllr Robert Watts (leader of Spelthorne Council), Steve Connor Spelthorne’s neighbourhood manager, Cllr Penny Forbes-Forsyth, Inspector Ian St John and crime
commissioner Kevin Hurley.