Diversionary tactics, targeted patrols and crime prevention advice are among the approaches Staffordshire Police is using to tackle anti-social behaviour this summer.

Neighbourhood policing teams have created a tactical plan to address the issues in their local area, which include a mixture of working with partners to support diversionary activities, providing crime prevention advice to businesses and residents, and targeting patrols to have the most effect.

Chief Inspector Jason Nadin, strategic lead for anti-social behaviour at Staffordshire Police, said: “Staffordshire Police takes the issue of anti-social behaviour very seriously and is working with partners to continue to reduce the levels experienced. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can to make Staffordshire a safer place to live, work and enjoy.”

Using local knowledge and analysis of recent crime trends, patrols will be targeted to provide visible reassurance and deter offending. Local neighbourhood commanders will also keep additional powers for tactics such as dispersal order under continual review.

Diversionary activities like Space, a scheme to provide activities and new experiences for youngsters aged between eight and 17 across Staffordshire, also play an important part in reducing anti-social behaviour. The focus of Space is on promoting well-being, reducing low level crime and anti-social behaviour, increasing confidence and promoting to young people the importance of healthy lifestyles and personal development. More than 1500 activities were available for children to enjoy during the 2018 summer holidays period.

Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “Strong foundations now well embedded have seen my Space programme go from strength to strength with year on year attendances increasing each time. One of the key elements to the success of Space has been the strong partnership work which has ensured delivery of a great programme and I’d like to extend my personal thanks to all agencies, businesses, colleagues and the Police Cadets who’ve supported Space this year.

For more information on Space, go to www.staffordshirespace.uk/