Not so thin blue line

Coun­cil teams up with the po­lice to form new team with pow­ers to tackle an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

Egham News - - NEWS - By Matt Strud­wick matt.strud­wick@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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