Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) has been chosen by the Metropolitan Police, to take part in a number of anti-social behaviour (ASB) trials – being run by the Home Office and Met Police jointly. These influential trials will set out to shape the way ASB is handled around the country by partner agencies, as the existing tools and powers (such as ASBOs) are abolished and replaced with the outcomes and recommendations of these trials.
Richmond has been selected as one of five areas in London to pilot the new scheme and RHP is a valued partner in one of eight volunteer areas trialling a new coordinated approach across the country which helps to quickly identify and protect vulnerable victims.
The trial will also include leading police forces and community safety partnerships who will help coordinate schemes to protect victims and identify offenders, who have previously slipped through the net.
Ian Whiteway, RHP’s Anti-Social Behaviour Manager said: ‘We are thrilled to be taking part in these trials. We’ve already started the coordination with the police, to better utilise ASB intelligence to help identify ‘hot-spots’ and deal with them and being seen as a valued partner can only cement good foundations for the future of joined up approaches to ASB.’
RHP is also working with the Violence and Alcohol Harm Reduction Department on Accident and Emergency (A&E) data sharing protocols and on the effect of alcohol. We’re working closely with the police and local hospitals to identify and address some of 60% of unreported crimes, where victims often end up in hospitals’ A&E departments on Friday and Saturday nights. By working together and having a shared approach to the data collected we can deal with ASB faster and get a better result for everyone in London.’
The volunteer areas will trial a new approach based on five key principles, which will be tailored to each area:
- Creating an effective call handling system where each individual has a log of complaints created from the very first call,
- introducing risk assessment tools to quickly identify the most vulnerable victims,
- installing off-the-shelf IT systems to share information on cases between agencies, removing the need for meetings,
- agreeing a protocol across all local agencies setting out how they will manage cases, and
- engaging with the community to clearly set out the issues which are causing the most harm to individuals and neighbourhoods, and setting how the police, other local agencies and the public can work together to address them.
The outcomes will be published at the end of the trials in 2013.