Sussex Police is supporting Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week as it ramps up its activity to tackle issues that affect local communities.
During the week (19-25 July) officers are carrying out proactive patrols and taking action on issues including street drinking, rowdy and inappropriate behaviour by groups of people especially in our tourist areas, and inappropriate conduct from individuals around licensed venues.
As part of the week of action Sussex Police has reopened the doors to its beach hut near the i360 in Brighton, called The Lookout. It will be used by the Brighton and Hove’s Neighbourhood Policing Team as a visible presence for the community so anyone with concerns can come to officers for information or advice. A Crimestoppers van will be stationed by the i360 on Friday (22 July) where people can report concerns or information anonymously.
Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a tremendous impact on local communities and we are committed keeping Sussex a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit.
“Responding to reports of anti-social behaviour is part of our daily business to improve public safety. This awareness week bolsters our year-round work with our partners to address the sometimes complex factors involved in anti-social behaviour.
“We all have a part to play in tackling ASB, and we urge members of the public to report any information or concerns they may have to us so we can assess and take action where necessary.”
Sussex Police has seen good progress in tackling ASB in the Arun and Chichester area through Operation Manner – which engages and supports members of the street communities to reducing offending, protect vulnerable people and identify safeguarding opportunities.
Following a high volume of reports in the area, including reports of abusive behaviour, street drinking, violence and litter, officers worked on a targeted multi-agency plan to take action on the issue with the aim of achieving positive change in people’s lives.
After increasing engaging with the street community and encouraging engagement with support services, a reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour was seen in the area over the past 18 months. Where individuals would not engage with support services and anti-social behaviour continued, Community Protection Warnings (CPWs), Community Protection Notices (CPNs), and Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) were considered to deter individuals from further offending.
As part of Operation Manner, over the last 18 months we issued 23 CPWs, of those, 15 were upgraded CPNs with one Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) obtained. A number of fines have been issued by the court for breach of CPNs.
Sussex Police has also donated money using PPAF (Police Property Act Fund) donating a total of £3,500 to local support groups.
How to report anti-social behaviour?
From aggressive, noisy or abusive behaviour to neighbourhood disturbances involving drugs or animals, antisocial behaviour takes many forms.
If you’ve witnessed antisocial behaviour, please report it to us either online or by calling 101.
For more information about anti-social behaviour, please see the Force website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/asb/antisocial-behaviour/what-is-antisocial-behaviour/