Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says the force is still working hard to tackle anti-social behaviour in Chesterfield
The force has been working in partnership with local councils and voluntary groups in addressing issues around the town centre
The latest Chesterfield Town Centre Summit heard how Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Constabulary the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner and partners are introducing measures which include:
- Following work to block the recesses at the rear of the Pavements Shopping Centre on New Beetwell Street, the council is carrying out improvement work on New Beetwell Street multi-storey car park to improve the environment, the car park surface and provide more covered, secure parking spaces.
- 1-6-2-5, an organisation commissioned by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Derbyshire County Council is working to prevent drug and alcohol dependency
- The Antisocial behaviour Forum has set up a sub group to identify projects that need additional funding and will progress applications where funding criteria supports the work carried out
- Derbyshire County Council has offered support and training for dealing with young people.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa told Peak FM the feedback they've been receiving from local people has been positive: "All the partners are having a watching brief to continue to build on the positive signs we've seen so far and tackle this issue, not leave it to move around different parts of Chesterfield or the wider borough."
The PCC also says they're not just arresting their way out of the problem: "You also need to look at why people are on the street and creating anti-social behaviour, so we are working with providing support services, whether it is about people who are homeless or those with drug or mental health issues."