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Extra police patrols in Somerset to tackle anti-social behaviour

EXTRA patrols by police officers are to be carried out across the Avon & Somerset force area to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Starting this month, the patrols are part of an initiative involving the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and local authorities, with funding from the Home Office.

It will see uniformed police officers, PCSOs and partner agencies working thousands of hours of additional patrols, police said, engaging with members of the public and businesses, and disrupting the activity of ASB perpetrators.

“Whether classified as criminal behaviour or not, persistent ASB can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities, so we are committed to proactively addressing the issue as part of the government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan,” a spokesperson went on.

“The plan puts forward “an ambitious new approach to working with local agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour across England and Wales”.”

Uniformed patrols targeting ASB have been piloted by 10 police services nationwide and achieved positive results.

ASB fell by 38.5 per cent across Essex in a 12-month period, with 9,416 fewer offences recorded, according to statistics published in February.

“Partnership working will be vital in our effort to problem-solve and address the biggest ASB challenges within our communities – different agencies deal with different types of ASB, and intelligence shared between the police, local authorities, social housing associations and early intervention teams can help build a bigger picture of the main issues across locations,” the spokesperson added.

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