Friday, 1 April 2011

Leeds adopts new approach to tackle anti-social behaviour

Pictured at the launch are (from left): John Clark, chief executive of Aire Valley Homes Leeds; Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds; and temporary assistant chief constable Geoff Dodd.

A new approach to tackle anti-social behaviour is being adopted in Leeds to ensure victims receive a better level of service when they report incidents.

Three teams - each made up of staff and officers from Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and the city’s Arms Length Management Associations (ALMOs) - have been created to tackle anti-social behaviour. They will each cover a specific area of the city and work under the guidance of the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team.

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Media are invited to the launch of the new approach to tackle anti-social behaviour at 11am on Monday 4 April at Landmark Court, Unit 5, Revie Road, LS11 8JT. Please email or call 0113 3951577 to confirm attendance.
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The new arrangements will bring all the partners together under one roof to ensure the victims of anti-social behaviour receive a co-ordinated and more effective service. Before the review, anti-social behaviour was dealt with individually by the ALMOs, the council and the police.

The three teams - one covering the north east, one covering the north west, and one covering the central and south - will ensure reports are dealt with by a unified service involving all three organisations working together. The three local teams will be managed centrally by Safer Leeds.

The new approach will be officially launched at 11am on Monday 4 April. Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds, will be joined by James Rogers, assistant chief executive at Leeds City Council, assistant chief constable, Geoff Dodd, and the chief executives of the city’s three ALMOs.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds and executive member responsible for community safety, said:
“Anti-social behaviour is not something we will tolerate and this new approach will help tackle the problem while helping to safeguard some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“This new arrangement is believed to be the first of its kind to be introduced in an urban area in the UK. Safer Leeds will oversee a joint approach by the council, the police and the city’s ALMOs to tackling anti-social behaviour which will deliver a more consistent and efficient service to the people of Leeds. There will be no changes to the way the public report anti-social behaviour but there will be changes to the way issues are investigated.”

Temporary assistant chief constable Geoff Dodd said:
"Anti-social behaviour blights lives and damages communities if left unchecked. West Yorkshire Police working with the community and partners has made significant progress in reducing anti-social behaviour and is improving the quality of life within our neighbourhoods.

"Our commitment to neighbourhood policing is matched by the determination of Leeds City Council to positively support work in this important area.

"The launch of Leeds’ new anti-social behaviour teams is a further important step in this area of work. Through this groundbreaking project I am confident that we can have even greater success in getting to the heart of issues that really matter to our communities."

The method of reporting anti-social behaviour hasn’t changed and members of the public should continue to call 0113 2224402.


Notes to editors:

Safer Leeds is the crime-fighting partnership between Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and partner agencies from across the city.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577