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Rapid Response team

Work in conjunction with internal and external partners in specific geographical locations to decrease crime and antisocial behaviour.


Attending operational and community safety, crime and asb problem solving meetings to deploy services as appropriate to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

Information gathering and sharing

RRT gathers and shares community information with partners and ensures younger resident’s views are heard by professionals to inform working practices.

Making use of social media such as WhatsApp to be able to understand community tensions and provide information about risks to police and council colleagues.

Responsive deployment

RRT deployment of teams able to respond to immediate or emerging community tensions by operating street-based outreach in community settings. Keeping in regular contact with borough control room and feeding back to groups like the Tension Monitoring Group or Gold Groups.

Weekly foot deployment

Detached workers are deployed to areas experiencing crime and anti-social behaviour to reduce opportunities of people becoming victims and or perpetrators of crime or anti-social behaviour, including

  • violent crimes - knife crimes, gang associated violence
  • violence against women and girls - repeat victimisation and or exploitation
  • community resilience against hate crimes and exploitation by extremists. 

Integrated activities

RRT, police and other partners deliver a joint response, for example through home visits, Estate Awareness Days, Community Safety Walkabouts, Weapon Sweeps, programme delivery and use of resources in the area. 

Mobile units

RRT mobile units provide medium to long-term (up to 12 weeks) tailored group sessions in accordance with identified risk and individual needs to ensure safe exit from offending and exploitation.

Programme design and delivery

Based on identified needs, the RRT provides outcome-focused interventions around learning, life skills and employment. These are designed using community information gathered through foot deployment and the mobile units.

Educational setting

Young people vulnerable to being exploited are identified by the school/Pupil Referral Unit as being at risk of exploitation and grooming by peers and/or older gang members.

Link with appropriate services

RRT promote specialist support services and refer young people when needed.