Vehicle partnership project: a project recently carried out by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service involved tackling anti-social behaviour amongst young people by Station Manager Philip Pells with Mark Ainge, District Liaison Officer, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, plus Sarah Cook, Community Safety, Daventry District Council.(Anti Social Behaviour)


Strategic Partnership identified that Woodford Halse had a comparatively high level of anti-social behaviour, particularly relating to vehicle nuisance and young people aged between 17 and 23.

This issue had been highlighted to relevant agencies due to the high number of complaints from local residents and an above average number of vehicle and document checks carried out by the police. Chief Fire Officer David Archer and Sarah Cook, Community Safety Daventry District Council, initiated a project, which would improve the situation in Woodford Halse through partnership working.

The introduction of the National Framework document, Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Police Reform Act 2002 provided the vision to embrace local partnership working in the development of strategies to solve local problems. This targeted work had the aim of improving the quality of life in the community by reducing road deaths and injuries, hoax calls and abandoned car fires while promoting the work of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in the community.

The first step was to create a project team and to secure funding. It was agreed between CFO David Archer and Steve Atkins Chief Executive of Daventry District Council, that the two organisations would share the costs of the project.

A project team consisting of Sarah Cook (DDC), Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service District Liaison Officer Mark Ainge and Station Manager Philip Pells worked together to develop the plan for delivery.

The aims and objectives of the project were agreed and developed into a local community strategy to be delivered in a four-week programme.

Although Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Daventry District Council co-ordinated the project, the successful outcome of the project required the close involvement of a number of local agencies:

* Northamptonshire Police

* Shire Ambulance Service

* Prince's Trust

* NCC Youth Services

The strategy was to change the behaviour patterns of a target group of young people and thereby improve their citizenship skills with a structured programme of events. …

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