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Commissioner's priority: Antisocial behaviour

Persistent antisocial behaviour (ASB) is a very visible sign of disorder in our communities.

It can lead to community tensions and have a significant impact on people’s health, wellbeing and their daily quality of life.

The police, local authorities, other agencies and our communities need to work together to find solutions and stop persistent and severe ASB from blighting our communities.

This includes tackling issues in our neighbourhoods and town centres such as drug dealing and drug taking as well as unauthorised encampments.

The Commissioner has pledged to:

  • Reclaim town centres for the general public from those undertaking ASB, and rebuild public confidence in the public realm and make our city, town and village centres more resilient to ASB.
  • Ensure that victims of persistent and severe ASB in our communities are heard and know how to get help.
  • Increase visible foot patrols to deter ASB in our communities.
  • Work with policing and partners to deliver a robust and
    targeted partnership approach, using the range of powers
    available to all partners.

How are we going to measure success?

  • Recorded number of ASB incidents
  • Recorded number of public order incidents

Services commissioned by the OPCC to tackle ASB

ASB youth outreach service:

  • Prevents Youth ASB escalating to criminality
  • Reduces vulnerability to exploitation and abuse
  • Engages place based, community solutions to tackle local issues
  • Engages young people in positive engagement opportunities and approaches that draw them away from ASB
  • Works with young people to design the services and outcomes

ASB mediation service

  • Reduces conflict and prevents escalation to the police
  • Enables communities to access the self-help tools they need to prevent ASB escalation
  • Increases options for conflict resolution and crime reduction

ASB victim support service

  • Supports people affected by ASB to cope and recover
    Provides emotional and practical advice and guidance to enable positive outcomes

To find out more about our commissioned services please read the 2022-23 Commissioning Intentions Plan.

Getting help with antisocial behaviour

Information on how to report ASB to the police is available here.

Community trigger - If you (or others) have reported an incident three or more times within a six-month period and not received a satisfactory response, you can activate the Community Trigger (also known as ASB Case Review) through your local authority.  Information on how to activate the trigger can be found here.

ASB Help charity: Independent advice and guidance is available from the charity ASB Help.

Recent news!

Resolve Resolution magazine features this office's participation in this year's Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week: Resolve Resultion