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1 team + 1 year = A safer Knowsley

by Alison Cornmell

It’s been a year since the council’s Crime and Communities Team was launched and during that time, they have made substantial strides in building better and safer communities in Knowsley.

Working in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, LIVV Housing, and ForHousing, alongside many other partners the team has been crucial to achieving real results in the borough.

The team need you
Significantly the Crime and Communities Team has gathered crucial information and intelligence from our residents and communities which has resulted in targeted and positive action in the borough – tackling your priority issues. Because of this vital link to communities, partners are able to build the bigger picture of what is happening in our borough, and importantly are then able to tackle it.

So far, the team has:

  • Gathered 136 pieces of individual community intelligence
  • This has led to multiple warrants being executed, resulting in the seizure of cash, drugs, quad & scrambler bikes and weapons off our streets
  • Multiple arrests have also been made of those linked to serious and organised crime thanks to community intelligence, and which has gone on to disrupt and deter serious crime in Knowsley.

Community intelligence has also led to the team working with partners to complete closure orders on properties, relieving many residents of the blight of criminal and anti-social behaviour. Closure Orders have been secured on properties in Windermere Drive and Quarryside Drive in Kirkby and Hillside Avenue, Huyton.

Walkabout Wednesday
The team have:

  • Visited more than 2,160 houses across Knowsley.
  • Collectively walked more than 171 miles of the borough’s streets to speak with residents.

Chief Inspector Phil Mullally, Knowsley’s Community Policing Team: “It’s been a fantastic first year of working in collaboration with the Crime and Communities Team. Thanks to our partnership working we have achieved some really significant results for Knowsley’s residents and businesses. Crucial to this success is community intelligence and information, which underpins a lot of the action we take to tackle and reduce crime. While we welcome and encourage the public to speak to my team, we do understand that sometimes there is a reluctance from people to speak to us directly. The Crime and Communities Team have created strong relationships across the borough and residents can report concerns anonymously to them and we can follow this up and, as has already been shown, take positive action.”

The team was formed in September 2019 by Knowsley Council in direct response to business and residents’ feedback which clearly showed that communities were concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime. As a result, the council invested £1.2 million to tackle the issue head on with the establishment of this specialist multi-agency team. The aim being to connect more with Knowsley’s communities, provide reassurance and support to residents and identify and follow up any incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “To see such positive outcomes in just a year is quite remarkable, particularly over recent months when the team has adapted how it delivers services and support to residents and local businesses throughout the coronavirus pandemic. By working in collaboration with our partners we have seen some fantastic results, and this certainly confirms the council’s decision to invest in this service was money well spent.

 

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our residents. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the successes we have done. So, I urge our community members to keep sharing information, it may seem small, but it is helping us make a big difference and create better and safer communities.”

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here. However, if there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team please email: Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk