New government powers to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour have been welcomed by Northumbria Police.
The new Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014 will see police forces and local authorities across the country working together more closely to help tackle ASB.
The new legislation is aimed at allowing police and partners to deal with ASB more effectively.
It puts the victims at the heart of the decision making of authorities when dealing with community problems and issues.
The main changes the act brings are the introduction of ‘community triggers’ and ‘community remedies’.
Community triggers will offer members of the public the chance to trigger a review by police and partner agencies should they feel their concerns about ASB have not been acknowledged and addressed.
Community remedies will give victims the chance to have a say in out-of-court punishments of offenders for low level crime and ASB. Victims will be able to work with police to help decide on suitable punishments for offences.
Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “We welcome the new powers as they will help us to deal with problems and concerns quicker and easier and will also allow for agencies like the police and local authorities to work together to come up with solutions to residents’ issues.
“The introduction of community triggers and community remedies will allow the public to be more involved in how their problems are dealt with and what action the authorities take on offenders.
“We need people to continue reporting any issues around anti-social behaviour to us and their local councils and we will work together to help resolve them.
“Anti-social behaviour is a priority of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and we work with our partners to tackle issues as we understand how much of an impact anti-social behaviour can have on a person, families and even whole communities.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “I am determined that Northumbria Police continue to do everything within their power to tackle anti-social behaviour. It is a pledge that I gave to local residents and one that I am keeping.
“I would urge local residents to let us know what is going on in their neighbourhoods as this information allows us to deploy extra resources when needed.”