Police in Gateshead step up attempts to tackle ASB
Dated: 24 Apr 2017 13:30 PM[View Full Size]
Police in Gateshead are out in force this week to find out what residents want to see from their 'bobbies on the beat'.
Officers in the town have been stepping up patrols in recent weeks to tackle issues with anti-social behaviour among local youths.
And now the force has teamed up with students from Gateshead College to carry out a survey in some of the worst affected areas.
There will be 26 students going door-to-door in the Shipcote area of the town asking what they would like to see from police in their local community.
They will be asking about issues around burglary and car crime as well as issues around anti-social behaviour.
Students will then evaluate the research and work with the local neighbourhood policing team to bring about positive change.
Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Robson said: "The views and thoughts of our local communities are vitally important to us and should inform everything that we do.
"We know that anti-social behaviour is an ongoing issue across the force but there will be very different issues in each area across the region.
"Some of the best ideas about how to tackle these problems will come from the people who are experiencing the problems and that is why it is so important to get their views.
"We are very grateful for the help of the students who have been carrying out the survey and have volunteered their own time to make Gateshead a better place to live.
"Clearly we will still have neighbourhood officers speaking to residents about what they want to see but we need to try new things to tackle new issues.
"Our number one priority is improving the lives of the people we serve and restore a sense of pride in our local communities."
If anyone wants to report an incident to their local neighbourhood policing team then call 101 and ask for the officers responsible for you area.
Information about all of the Northumbria Police NPTs can be found at the following link: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/neighbourhood