Police patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour hotspots in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Police patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour hotspots in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 21st Apr, 2024   0

POLICE patrols will be out tackling anti-social behaviour hotspots in Warwickshire next month.

With £1million worth of funding behind it, Op Resolve is an intelligence-led programme of patrols taking place from May to tackle anti-social behaviour where it happens the most in the county.

Warwickshire Police has mapped out reports of anti-social behaviour across Warickshire and identified 18 hotspots where it happens most often, including details on peak times when reports are made. This includes The Parade in Leamington, areas around Stratford town centre and Rugby town centre.

There will also be more information available for the public about what anti-social behaviour is, how to report it, and how as a community a holistic approach can be made to tackling it together.

Inspector Jem Mountford of Warwick and Leamington SNT said: “Leamington and Warwick both have excellent green spaces, popular retail areas, and a thriving night-time economy, which while vibrant do unfortunately come with a level of antisocial behaviour. Working in partnership with local councils and Leamington’s community wardens, this new intelligence-led approach will go a long way towards supporting us in keeping our streets the best place they can be for our community.”

Inspector Ben Hembry of Stratford SNT continued: “An enhanced presence dedicated to dealing with antisocial behaviour is vital for us to gather intelligence and develop sophisticated solutions to tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour – this is what modern policing looks like.”

Inspector Jack Zielenski of Rugby SNT said: “Here in Rugby, we already work closely with partners including Rugby Borough Council and Rugby First, whose Rangers and CCTV operators will be invaluable alongside our increased targeted patrols to keep our town centre a safe and comfortable place for everyone in our community.”

Chief superintendent for local policing Jill Fowler added: “Dedicated hotspot patrols have shown their effectiveness in reducing criminal and anti-social behaviour across the country, and we would welcome any extra resource that will allow us to make use of models we know work.

“Although the definition of anti-social behaviour, is broad and captures a wide range of behaviours, it has a very defined and measurable negative effect on our communities, particularly when it crosses over into more serious criminal activity.”


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