Suffolk support ASB Awareness Week
Suffolk police, along with other agencies, is supporting a national week of action to continue efforts to tackle the blight of anti-social behaviour.
National ASB Awareness Week, running from Monday 19 July to Sunday 25 July, will see a multi-agency effort to continue to make a collective effort to crack down on the issue.
A key element of the week will be the launch of the new county-wide approach to Community Triggers that is designed to support the victims of ASB and ensure they get the right outcome.
If you have already reported ongoing ASB to either the police, the district/borough council or your housing provider and you feel that the agencies involved have not taken suitable action to resolve it, you can activate the Community Trigger.
The Community Trigger has designed to give victims of ongoing ASB the right to request a review of their case and bring agencies together to take a joined up, problem solving approach to find a solution. It is also called an ASB Case Review.
The relevant bodies and responsible authorities who undertake the case review are:
• Clinical Commissioning Groups in England and Local Health Boards in Wales
• registered providers of social housing who are co-opted into this group
The relevant bodies must publish the Community Trigger procedure to ensure that victims are aware that they can apply to activate the procedures in appropriate circumstances. More details of the Community Trigger can be found on the Suffolk police website:
As part of ASB Week, the force is also planning ‘street meets’ with local officers and in some cases, partner agencies. For times and date of meetings where you live please visit the local police social media account for your area. Officers will also be conducting leaflet drops on the topic, while our school liaison officers have and will be in schools ahead of the summer holidays to discuss the issue with pupils and students to emphasise the importance of being respectful and remind them what constitutes ASB.
Chief Supt Marina Ericson said: "We are acutely aware that ASB can affect you, your family and the community at large and can take many forms, from low level, persistent noise nuisance to serious public disturbance. It can include a wide spectrum of issues such as motoring offences, graffiti, fly tipping, street drinking, noise disturbance and nuisance neighbours.
"The community trigger is a powerful tool as it gives victims a say in the way that complaints of anti-social behaviour are dealt with. The new countywide approach with the tool will also strengthen our ability to better co-ordinate our approach to a particular issue and also allow a more consistent approach.
"Incidents of ASB maybe best resolved through a multi-agency response as many organisations can play a key role in tackling it and providing a suitable resolution. Each scenario needs to have a tailored response which can lead to a variety of outcomes, which can include Community Protection Notices and Criminal Behaviour Orders that can be imposed on perpetrators.
"Residents should rest assured that, where necessary, we will take robust action when we need to as we do understand the dramatic and detrimental impact ASB has.”
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "Anything that gives victims a better say in the way their issues are dealt with has my full support.
"Anti-social behaviour can have a devasting impact on individual and communities and it is really important that it is dealt with as swiftly as possible by the relevant agency. It really needs to be partnership approach.
"These community triggers are a really effective and consistent way of dealing with complaints of anti-social behaviour. I hope those affected by these appalling issues find this a straightforward solution to the problem of ASB.”
Watch out on the police social media accounts for what is taking place in your area – all activity can be found via #SuffolkASBawarenessweek
If ASB is affecting you or your household, we will listen to you and treat the matter seriously. Some situations will require the involvement of other partner agencies in a bid to permanently address the problem.
To report ASB you can call 101 but the force website www.suffolk.police.uk/contactus has a dedicated page for the reporting of such issues. The complaint is then flagged to the appropriate local Safer Neighbourhood Team and assigned to an officer to progress and liaise with our partners. The police are obliged to report back what action we have taken as would be the case for all crime reports.
If you are a social housing tenant, you can report ASB to your housing officer, and remember, in an emergency always call the police on 999.
ASB is any behaviour that is capable of causing nuisance and annoyance; is likely to harassment, alarm or distress; creates significant and persistent problems in a neighbourhood and leaves communities intimidated.
Examples of such behaviour would include noise, harassment, criminal damage, graffiti and fly tipping, nuisance neighbours, street drinking, intimidation and hate behaviour that targets members of their identified groups because of their perceived differences.
ASB Awareness Week is organised by Resolve, and is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).