Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has joined a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and make communities safer.
The PFCC will be sharing information on social media, including how Restorative Justice is used to combat and tackle anti-social behaviour to mark the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week.
Running from July 19 to 25, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.
The week of action is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand and work together to make communities safer.
Organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week 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).
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: “Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and causes immense levels of distress. ASB was being reduced even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and it must be brought down further.
The recruitment of 68 new officers in 25 new Town Centre Teams have strengthened the connection between communities and police, working in a highly visible way to reduce ASB. We will continue build on the success of our Community Safety Partnerships and work with voluntary groups to tackle this.”
Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said: “We need to change the way we think about ASB. It is not low-level crime. It devastates the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
“As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.
“We are delighted to have the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.
“It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”
For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek