Innovative partnership tackles anti-social behaviour

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Northamptonshire Police and Kettering Borough Council launched a pilot partnership in the summer of 2016 with the aim of improving the way anti-social behaviour is addressed.

The innovative partnership focusses on tackling anti-social behaviour within Kettering’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) area and more generally throughout the Borough.

The partnership initiative was further developed in April 2017 when the Police and Wardens started to share accommodation to further facilitate and improve the way the partners work together. This accommodation is adjacent to Kettering Borough Council’s offices at Bowling Green Road and is very close to the town centre. This had the added benefit in that it helped maintain a Police presence in the town centre following the movement away from the old Police Station on London Road.

The partnership is innovative in how it works. Joint patrols routinely take place with both members of Northants Police and Kettering Borough Council. This has developed strong relationships within both organisations and resulted in a marked reduction in the number of people drinking alcohol, aggressively begging and other anti-social behaviour within the PSPO area.

The partnership has also developed improved arrangements for sharing information, which also includes neighbouring districts. This joined-up approach has further assisted the way anti-social behaviour is tackled within the Borough.

Cllr Ian Jelly, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Delivery, said: 

“Continuing to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough is something Kettering Borough Council is very committed to. We are working very hard with other organisations to find new, smarter ways of approaching such issues. This partnership with Northamptonshire Police is providing a valuable insight into how we can work smarter together to make a difference to issues that are important to local people. The outcomes are what matter and we are seeing some promising results.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, said: 

“We have worked closely with Kettering Borough Council and share their passion for providing a better service to local people.  We can only make Northamptonshire safer by ensuring that all the services are joined up and give customers quick and easy access to whatever support they need. What has been achieved at Kettering is a good example of how effective this can be.”