New powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour have come into force this week.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into effect on Monday.
In preparation the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, established a working group of representatives from Sussex Police, local authorities and other partners to consider the implications of the new Act, including the use of the Community Remedy and the Community Trigger.
The Act includes a statutory obligation for PCCs to consult with residents ahead of the publication of a Community Remedy Document, which will set out the list of actions (community remedies) that may be applied by officers against anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Mrs Bourne said: “The aim of Community Remedy is to improve local involvement in the accountability of those who commit anti-social behaviour. Almost 2,500 residents responded to the survey, which tells me local people do want a say in how people who commit anti-social behaviour are dealt with. The results are currently being analysed and will form the basis of my discussions with the chief constable ahead of the publication of the Sussex Community Remedy Document.”
The Community Trigger gives victims and communities experiencing ongoing anti-social behaviour or hate crime the right to request that action is taken.
“These mechanisms will ensure that repeat and vulnerable victims of ASB and hate crime receive a service that better meets their needs.”
To find out more about a Community Trigger request visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/policing-in-sussex/your-community/community-trigger.