Pilot aims to end antisocial misery

AVON and Somerset police will be among the first officers in the country to take part in a trial to crack down on antisocial behaviour.

They will pilot the scheme as part of a set of eight selected forces until July.

The trial will include identifying the most at-risk callers, sharing useful information between agencies and changing the way calls are handled.

It will also include introducing a new system to log complaints and creating improved IT systems.

Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou, the force’s antisocial behaviour lead officer, said: “Avon and Somerset police believe everyone should be able to live without their quality of life being affected by antisocial behaviour and crime.

“We are committed to dealing with such difficulties by responding appropriately at the time and working with communities, councils and other agencies to resolve on-going issues.

“We are proud to have been chosen to pilot an approach aimed at protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities, which will build on work we have already done to deliver a gold standard service to victims.”

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The new scheme is designed to help the police engage with communities which suffer from such crimes, a force priority for Avon and Somerset.

There are currently no further specific details about how the scheme will work.

There are already antisocial behaviour cars, which patrol parts of the district most days and respond purely to calls relating to that type of crime.