Increase in anti-social behaviour under spotlight at Harryville meeting

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Increase in anti-social behaviour  under spotlight at Harryville meeting thumbnailMembers of the Police and Community Safety Partnership for Mid and East Antrim who met in Harryville Community Centre last week pictured with new Area Commander, Darrin Jones and council officers. GB1427R p5

BALLYMENA'S new police chief, superintendent Darrin Jones, attended his first public meting of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in Harryville last week, where the serious issues surrounding anti-social behaviour were high on the agenda.
Many community workers and representatives heard the PSNI Mid and East Antrim area commander speak at length about anti-social behaviour and what is being done to combat it.
Superintendent Jones defined anti-social behaviour as "covering a wide range of unacceptable behaviour that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment."
He explained there were three types of anti-social behaviour, namely personal, e.g bullying or drugs misuse, nuisance, e.g making noise in a residential area, and environmental, e.g spraying graffiti on public or private buildings.
Supt. Jones also identified the main hotspots for anti-social behaviour in Ballymena as being mainly the areas around the Pentagon in the town centre, Broughshane and Harryville.
The Superintendent however did outline how police are dealing with some of the anti-social behaviour in the Ballymena area.
He said that partnership working with local community groups, having a problem solving approach, identifying the 'hotspots', having youth diversions in place, carrying out targeted patrolling and using communications and social media to the advantage of police were all methods being adopted by crimestoppers to reduce and cease anti-social behaviour in the local area.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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