New Community Trigger launched to give residents powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

Residents in Leeds will be able to activate a community trigger if no action has been taken to resolve reports of anti-social behaviour, when a new pilot is launched in the city this week.

Under the Community Trigger scheme, residents from the 4 July who have reported anti-social behaviour and feel that no action has been taken can report it using the Community Trigger Scheme.

A Community Trigger can be undertaken when:

• A resident has reported three separate incidents relating to the same problem in the past six months to the Council, Police or their landlord, and no action has been taken.

• The resident has reported one incident or crime motivated by hate in the last six months and no action has been taken.

• At least five people have made reports about the same problem in the past six months to the Council, Police or landlord and no action has been taken.

If the trigger is met, a nominated officer will assess each request and contact the resident to outline what action will be taken. Options will include a full panel review by the key agencies involved, which may include the police, council or registered social landlords. Residents can also ask for the chief officer of community safety to undertake a review if they are unhappy with the outcome from the trigger.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“We are absolutely committed at Safer Leeds to working closely with residents to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in communities right across the city, so if no action has been taken we certainly want to know about it.

“A key strand of how best this can be tackled is through the strong partnership working that we undertake at Safer Leeds.

“I therefore welcome the chance for residents to be able to use the Community Trigger Scheme through this pilot to raise persistent cases with us where no action has been taken, so they can be thoroughly addressed and a way forward found, by working with key agencies through a review."

Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said:

"Anti-social behaviour causes enormous harm to victims and communities. The Government is making sure victims get a better response in towns and cities across the UK including Leeds.

"The Community Trigger is intended to be a safety net for the public if police and local authorities do not take action, not the first response when a problem occurs. It is one of a range of new measures which will make it easier and quicker for agencies to protect victims and communities from the blight of anti-social behaviour.”

Notes for Editors:

The Community Trigger Scheme is a Home Office initiative, as part of a new provision included in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

The initiative will begin in the city on July 4th 2013. Trials of the scheme have already been undertaken last year in Manchester, Brighton, West Lindsey and Boston (Lincolnshire).

Residents will not be suitable for a Community Trigger when:

•They have reported anti-social behaviour and received a service but the problems are on-going will be advised to contact the agency they are working with to tell them what is happening.

• If someone has reported Anti-social behaviour and received a service but they’re unhappy with the service received or action taken, the will be advised to submit a complaint under the agency’s complaints procedure.

A hate crime is an incident or crime against someone which is motivated by their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

If a resident or group of residents wish to see if a Community Trigger Review can be undertaken into their particular case, they can do so in the following way;

By phone: 0113 247 5533

E-mail: Community.Trigger@leeds.gov.uk

By letter: Community Trigger

Community Safety, 3rd Floor, 2a Great George St, Leeds LS2 8BA

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk