There is no ‘quick fix’ to prob­lems

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CITYBEAT - Rob Hill, Safer­Peter­bor­ough Preven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice

Many of you will have heard sto­ries of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in Peter­bor­ough re­cently, whether it’s weapons be­ing found or cars be­ing used at anti-so­cial hours.

Peter­bor­ough is not unique in this sit­u­a­tion, with ev­ery area of the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enc­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. But, that is not a rea­son to turn a blind eye and the po­lice and the council recog­nise it’s a prob­lem.

There is no quick fix, but I’d like the op­por­tu­nity to be able to let you know what we’re do­ing to tackle it, and cru­cially how best to re­port prob­lems.

Here in Peter­bor­ough the po­lice, council and fire ser­vice work in a shared ser­vice to tackle is­sues such as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. This is the Safer­Peter­bor­ough Preven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice (PES). Be­ing lo­cated to­gether, we can share in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to deal with prob­lems in your area. Although not al­ways con­sid­ered as se­ri­ous as some crimes, the PES un­der­stands that these are real is­sues af­fect­ing real peo­ple, some­times on their doorsteps.

A few weeks ago we learned that two knives had been found at a skatepark in Stan­ground which is un­der­stand­ably very wor­ry­ing. Work­ing to­gether, po­lice and council staff or­gan­ised a day of ac­tion in Stan­ground last Thurs­day (Au­gust 24) to look at the is­sues, speak to res­i­dents and young peo­ple and de­cide on a way for­ward.

This day of ac­tion started with PES of­fi­cers and lo­cal coun­cil­lors go­ing on a walk­a­bout of the area to dis­cuss the prob­lems and look at ways to pre­vent them from hap­pen­ing again. It con­tin­ued into the evening with po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cers (PCSOs) tak­ing time to en­gage with young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar; build­ing trust, re­spect and un­der­stand­ing. With it be­ing the school sum­mer hol­i­days we spoke to quite a few young peo­ple and par­ents which was re­ally help­ful.

Build­ing on the good work which took place dur­ing the day of ac­tion, youth work­ers will now be fo­cus­ing their ef­forts on the area once again in com­ing weeks, talk­ing with young peo­ple and de­vel­op­ing ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for them to take part in.

We also heard from lots of peo­ple who are un­sure where and how to re­port in­ci­dents. There­fore we will be con­tin­u­ing to spread the mes­sage that peo­ple can re­port any is­sues around an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour to po­lice on 101, or to the Preven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice through the My Peter­bor­ough app.

The app is def­i­nitely worth us­ing as, if po­lice re­sources mean they can­not re­spond im­me­di­ately, the in­tel­li­gence isn’t lost for fu­ture ev­i­dence and a fol­low up call can be made sooner if needed.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour af­fects all our lives at some point, but for some res­i­dents it’s a too of­ten oc­cur­rence. We want to help those peo­ple, so if you ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems where you live please tell us.

I’d also like to make a plea to par­ents, not just in Stan­ground, but city-wide. Do you know where your chil­dren are dur­ing the school hol­i­days and in the evenings? Don’t get me wrong, you can­not know where they are at ev­ery minute of ev­ery day, but make a point of know­ing what they are do­ing in the evenings and with whom. It might just stop them get­ting them­selves into trou­ble and per­haps in­ad­ver­tently caus­ing dis­tress to other peo­ple in their com­mu­nity.

The new school year be­gins next week so I would like to re­mind par­ents to park safely around the school gates.

Dan­ger­ous park­ing out­side schools is a real prob­lem in Peter­bor­ough so I urge par­ents and driv­ers to think about the po­ten­tially dis­as­trous con­se­quences that this may cause to chil­dren’s lives.

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