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Specialist community support team launches in Knowsley

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to fund and launch a street intervention team, which will tackle neighbourhood issues and provide vulnerable residents with support.

The intervention team, made up of six trained professionals, employed by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, will spend the next 12 months hitting the streets of Knowsley on a weekly basis and visit key locations to tackle issues such as fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, nuisance scrambler bikes, faulty street lighting and dispute situations.

Officers have undergone training in conflict management and safeguarding, will engage with communities to better understand issues that impact them at a local level and identify the best course of action. The team will be on-hand to offer help to residents and has the power to refer customers to supportive organisations.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “All agencies and residents want the local area to be clean, safe, welcoming and vibrant.  Everyone has a part to play in achieving this. It is important residents are reassured that partners across Knowsley are taking their issues seriously and will act when appropriate. This team will not only provide an invaluable high visibility presence in communities, but it will also collate information which can be used for further enforcement action.”

Leann Hearne, Group Chief Executive of Knowsley Housing Trust (part of First Ark Group), said: “We are partnering with Knowsley Council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to pool our services and ultimately make the borough safer for our customers and the wider community. Our professional intervention team is trained to defuse any anti-social behaviour situations and will be visibly on the streets to tackle everything from vandalism, graffiti, litter, to violence. Our aim is to be responsive, work with the community to challenge criminal behaviour, understand the underlying causes and make living in Knowsley a more positive experience.”