Sussex PCC to host crime summit in Hastings

20/09/2017

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will focus on the partnership work being undertaken to tackle anti-social behaviour when she hosts her second ever crime summit in Hastings later this month.

Residents are invited to join the PCC for the Listen Live: Partners Together event at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Wednesday, 27 September, from 6pm until 8pm.

“People across the county often express their concerns to me about anti-social behaviour so this is an opportunity for local residents to find out what is being done in your area to tackle this issue,” says Mrs Bourne.

“The aim of this event is to highlight how my office and Sussex Police have been successfully working in collaboration with groups and organisations in Hastings and Rother as well as for us all to explore areas for further improvement - community safety is so much broader than just local policing.”

Joining Mrs Bourne on the panel will be Chief Inspector Steve Curry from Sussex Police, Huda Caglayan, chair of Hastings Youth Council, Ben Wyatt from the Youth Offending Team and Hastings Voluntary Action's director Steve Manwaring.

“One of the four objectives in my Police & Crime Plan focuses on working with local communities and partners to keep Sussex safe,” adds Mrs Bourne.

“We want this summit to explore how Sussex Police and others are working together in Hastings and Rother to tackle anti-social behaviour by developing opportunities, particularly for young people. This community-wide approach includes a number of projects which I have funded to offer a safe place for young people to go as well as activities to inspire them.”

CI Steve Curry explains: “Last year police and partners in Hastings adopted a two-pronged approach to address anti-social behaviour and develop opportunities for young people. Rather than criminalising these young people, a dedicated team of officers engaged with the main perpetrators and offered behaviour contracts and support in housing, education and employment, as well as active street game sessions funded by the PCC with funding sought for further youth programmes.

“As a result officers saw fewer calls and there was increased confidence in the police and partners’ ability to successfully tackle entrenched antisocial behaviour.”

Jo Palmer, Service Manager for Xtrax Young People's Service, says: “As well as providing a drop-in hub for 16- to 24-year-olds in Priory Street we have recently started to focus on outreach work in St Leonard’s. We are looking forward to the event as an opportunity to connect with other organisations and share details of our work.”

To find out more and to register for a free place at the event, please visit http://bit.do/partnerstogether

Notes for Editors:

Projects in Hastings and Rother supported by the PCC’s Safer in Sussex Community Safety Fund in the past include:

• Safer Streets in St Leonards' Active Streetgames Project
• Xtrax Young People's Service
• Snowflake Night Shelter
• Roosevelt Court Graffiti Project
• Respond Academy
• South Coast In-line Skillz-on-Wheelz
• Education Futures Trust’s Outdoor Survival Squad
• Gizmo Gaffe

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