This week people and organisations dedicated to community safety in Knowsley came together to address the issue of violent crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Senior figures from Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, social housing landlords, St Helens and Whiston Hospitals, Vibe, and schools across Knowsley gathered at the second Serious Violent Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour ‘Summit’.
Chairing the summit was Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Resources who said:
“This summer we convened a summit where collectively we committed to tackling crime and antisocial behaviour in Knowsley. Since then, teams across the partnership have been developing ways that will make a meaningful difference to our communities. Sadly, there have been recent incidents of serious violence and crime, and while we know we can’t eliminate crime all together, we can implement positive change to make long term differences that will improve the wellbeing and safety of our residents.”
WORKING AS A PARTNERSHIP
Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Ryan, Head of Preventative Policing attended the summit and addressed the room: “We know that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem, so at Merseyside Police we are investing in preventative policing. This means working with our partners to address the root causes of these issues as early intervention is absolutely key to tackling the crime which is a blight on our communities.
“I was delighted to attend the summit and represent Merseyside Police this week. There is a clear commitment from all of the partners here in Knowsley and a clear ambition to lead the way in how organisations can collectively and effectively tackle crime and anti-social behaviour through the strength of our partnership.”
This summer Knowsley Council announced its investment of £1million into tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. At the summit further details were announced of how this funding will be used:
- Further investment into Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team – a successful team that continues to achieve tangible results that directly and positively impact on the community.
- Recommissioned the Council’s Youth Service to provide targeted youth work and community grant funding
- Invested in increased CCTV coverage in hotspot areas of the borough.
Significantly, £650k has been allocated into targeted and specialist youth work attached to the Youth Offending Team. With the additional resources committed by Knowsley Council, an investment will be made into specific prevention staff who will work with young people before an offense has been committed and helping to improve the life chances of young people at risk of engaging in criminality.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Resources, concluded: “What was clear from this week’s summit was the collective commitment to making significant and meaningful changes to how we work to tackle this priority issue. Through Council investment we are making fundamental changes that will have a huge impact.
“Every one of our residents has the right to achieve their potential and live in a place that feels safe and is safe. With our partners I am sure that we are making positive changes that will have a long-term effect and benefit many future generations.”