Public protection and anti-social behaviour successes
IN his first report as Portfolio Holder for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, outlined a number of successes achieved over the last year.
The newly created portfolio covers a wide range of services including public protection, anti-social behaviour (ASB), environmental enforcement, the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership and CCTV.
Major successes include providing funding to Essex Police to help tackle nuisance motorbike and quad-bike riders, council ASB Team officers and the Community Policing Team carrying out high visibility patrols in known anti-social behaviour hot-spots, expanding the borough wide CCTV service to 30 locations in Thurrock and close work with Essex Police which led to a highly restrictive injunction being served on 11 members of the criminal C17 gang.
The Council is now set to provide £1 million funding over three years for extra police officers over and above the 15 new officers Essex Police have already committed for Thurrock through the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners Council Tax precept increase in 2018/19 and the planned increase in officers resulting from the increase in the 2019/20 precept. The funding will mean that an eight strong police team will operate from the council’s offices.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council and portfolio holder for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour, said: “Across my portfolio we have achieved some excellent results over the last year, we will continue to build on this good work in the future to help ensure our residents safety on many fronts.
“I would like to assure residents that we take issues of anti-social behaviour seriously and are achieving results in tackling it through a number of initiatives. We are also working closely with partners, including Essex Police and community groups, so that together we can help our residents feel safe and reassured that ASB is being addressed.
“But we do need residents to report this to council or police so we can take action, this can be done by contacting the council, anonymously through crime stoppers on 0800 555 111, through 101 for the Police or 999 if it is an emergency”