Cllr Islam with police and partners
Council and police teams will be out in full force this week on additional patrols as part of a week of action to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Teams will be conducting extra patrols and weapon sweeps around the borough this week and council-funded police officers, known as the Partnership Taskforce, will be providing reassurance and extra safety patrols over the weekend in relation to the night time economy, especially as the first weekend after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
The week of action, part of Antisocial Behaviour Awareness week (19-25 July), is in addition to other council work to combat antisocial behaviour, such as clearing graffiti and litter, carrying out unannounced visits to premises for licensing issues and sales of illegally traded tobacco and nitrous oxide, as well as taking part in cycling patrols to disrupt drug dealing from bikes, enforcing Public Spaces Protection Orders and in issuing fines to offenders.
Daily street briefings with the police and council officers will also be held, providing an opportunity for residents to talk to those tackling anti-social behaviour on the frontline and learn how they can get involved by reporting issues and accessing support services. The first two briefings were held this morning at Bethnal Green underground station and at Isle of Dogs Police Station, and a police engagement bus was also deployed to Mile End Leisure Centre earlier today.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Antisocial behaviour is a top concern for our residents and we’re taking action to address it. This week as part of ASB awareness week we’re taking targeted action with extra patrols to tackle antisocial behaviour.
“It’s also a great opportunity to talk to our residents about the issues and how we can work together with the police to tackle antisocial behaviour.”
Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Faith and Equalities said: “Our teams work hard to tackle ASB all year round but this week is about speaking to residents and going the extra mile to make sure people are informed, know how to report ASB and have confidence in what we’re doing alongside our partners.
“It’s an issue that can have a real impact on residents’ feelings of safety and we remain as committed as ever in taking action against those who behave in an antisocial way which negatively impacts people’s lives.”
The council is encouraging anyone who would like to get more involved with tackling antisocial behaviour in their community to become a member of their ward panel.
This is a group made up of local residents, stakeholders such as resident associations and community groups, and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the police.
Find out more about becoming a ward panel member.
Find out more about reporting antisocial behaviour.
Posted on Tuesday 20th July 2021