Problem solving conference to tackle community issues
Suffolk Constabulary and the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office held an internal event recently to ensure the force continues to get better at problem solving the priority issues that cause most harm in local communities.
The day-long event provided a springboard for the force to continue to work to look for and use innovative ways of bringing about long term solutions to crime, disorder and anti –social behaviour.
Officers and staff from Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Services, the East of England Co-Op as well as other agencies, came together to share ideas and look at new ways of working together to make Suffolk safer by protecting vulnerable communities by preventing and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour as set out in Suffolk’s Police and Crime plan.
The event was also an opportunity to reinforce the force’s vision of creating capacity and simplifying its mission by ensuring everything it does is geared at keeping the public safe, catching criminals and supporting victims.
The attendees heard from various contributors from both a national and local perspective with their experiences of problem-solving and working with local residents, partners and relevant agencies to secure positive results.
It also provided an opportunity to network with colleagues across other forces and partner organisations to share knowledge and develop a collaborative and innovative approach to problem solving.
Some of the speakers who gave presentations included the work of the Youth Gang Prevention Unit, tackling ASB in Chantry area of Ipswich with other agencies and reducing demand in houses of multiple occupancy.
Delegates also received presentations about what is working well in other parts of the country to ensure Suffolk stays at the forefront and that the public can be confident that every effort is being taken to deal with the issues that affect them the most
T/ACC David Cutler from Suffolk Constabulary said: “Problem solving is the bread and butter of our business. We listen about the concerns and worries from the public regarding crime and ASB on a daily basis that they rightly expect us to solve.”
“So, this session will help ensure we as a force continue to meet the public needs and find solutions that are workable and sustainable, as well as making good use of scarce resources.
“Problem solving is one tactic in the policing tool kit, and although sounds easy is often challenging and the police won’t have all the answers.
“Frequently, we will need to work with other partners and agencies to find workable solutions. What is crucial is that we provide effective policing that protects communities, and is sustainable and most importantly secures success.”
The event was held at Trinity Park on Thursday 7 November and has been partly funded by the College of Policing.