Littlehampton community wardens monthly report December 2021

 

High visibility patrols

Total combined foot patrol hours

76

 

 

Warnings and notices total:

8

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) warnings (verbal and written)

3

Removal of alcohol incidents

0

PSPO Fixed Penalty Notices

0

Obstructive parking advisory notices

1

Cycling (verbal)

4

 

 

Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) incidents total:

7

Noise

1

Public order

4

Neighbours

0

Other

1

Referrals to ADC ASB team

1

 

 

Community events attended:        

3

 

 

Schools contacts/engagement:

4

 

 

Reports to operation crackdown:

0

 

 

Signposting advice:

9

 

 

Visits to vulnerable people:

2

 

 

Police reports total:

12

Phone (101 and 999)

0

Email

0

Online

2

Intelligence submissions

5

Verbal

4

E-CINS logs (multi-agency platform)

1

 

 

Environmental reports total:

1

Drug litter

0

Graffiti

0

Fly-tipping

0

Dog fouling

0

Litter

0

Hazards

1

 

 

Safeguarding referrals total:

1

Adult

1

Child

0

 

 

Multi agency meetings attended:

10

Additional commentary:

  • the number of patrol hours are reduced this month due to a combination of staff sickness and the Christmas holiday period
  • the team has developed its relationships with local schools, leading to attendance at River Beach and St. Catherine’s primaries to deliver introductory talks to Years 5 and 6 pupils. The aim is to provide reassurance to pupils (and staff) but to also deliver safety advice and information about seasonal issues i.e. river jumping, localised ASB hotspots. Early engagement with this identified age range is important to try and reduce involvement in problematic behaviour and to do so before it becomes entrenched
  • engagement with young people in the community is vital. One of our wardens has developed a very positive working relationship with a child who has been engaged in a poor pattern of behaviour that resulted in them being excluded from mainstream education. Through this informal engagement with the pupil, and the subsequent change in their behaviour, they are now being considered for a full reintroduction to the school setting
  • the team have continued to work alongside youth service providers, participating in activities at the Keystone Centre and TLA. Partnering youth outreach workers on evening walkabouts has also resulted in positive engagement with young people, allowing for an opportunity to build trust and relationships with them whilst also offering advice and signposting to activities and support
  • on the whole, the warden’s regular engagement with the street community has seen a marked reduction in reported anti-social behaviour. However, one individual has been issued with a Community Protection Warning (CPW) due to repeated ASB and abusive behaviour towards one of our wardens when challenged over an allegation they had caused damage to the town centre Christmas tree. This is continuously monitored in terms of the individual’s behaviour, but there have been no breaches of the CPW to date
  • the issuing of the CPW above illustrates an effective function of the Wardens in identifying individuals of concern and providing relevant evidential reports to partners that allows early enforcement action to be taken.
  • with the powers afforded by the CSAS accreditation from Sussex Police, the wardens have continued to enforce the PSPO, issuing warnings and reducing associated ASB
  • wardens issued a warning to an individual seen begging on the street.
  • patrols have been undertaken alongside a member of CGL (drug and alcohol treatment service) to facilitate engagement with members of the street community and homeless individuals. Wardens share their knowledge of locations and help identifying those individuals that may be in need of further help and support from CGL
  • verbal warnings issued to cyclists found riding in the High Street. Generally, cyclists have complied with advice given
  • assistance given to a cyclist who had fallen from their bicycle in Rosemead Park. Although suffering no lasting injuries, the opportunity was taken to highlight the dangers of cycling without a helmet
  • ‘drop-in’ sessions held at Morrisons and The Wave this month, offering advice and gathering reports of issues raised by members of the public
  • joint patrols with PCSOs across various locations providing increased visibility around ASB hotspot locations, and continued information sharing for early detection, and prevention, of crime and nuisance behaviour
  • wardens participated in Arun’s ‘United in the fight against Covid-19’ community campaign, appearing in a social media video post encouraging people to get vaccinated and wear a mask
  • the team have continued to raise awareness of inconsiderate and dangerously parked vehicles; although they do not enforce or issue fixed penalty notices for this, they do remind drivers about responsible and safe parking