New anti-social behaviour unit launched

Contributed by editor on Oct 19, 2004 - 09:20 AM


Dover District Council  launched its new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit yesterday (18 October) as a central part of its major commitment to getting tough o­n anti-social behaviour across the area.

A dedicated team has been set up to work closely with the Police and partners in the community to make a real difference - and to reinforce the message that people do not have to put with anti-social behaviour and that together we can stamp it out.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour can now be reported through o­ne central line for the new Unit o­n (01304) 872200. Callers can make a confidential report to protect their identify if they choose. It is stressed that in an emergency people should still call 999.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit is supported by Dover District Council, Kent Police, the Home Office, the District of Dover Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and the Clean Kent Campaign. The Unit is based at Dover District Council with a team of dedicated officers, and South East Kent Police have attached an officer to the unit.

Cllr Mrs Julie Rook, DDC Cabinet Member for Citizenship, said: "This is a major move which underlines our commitment to promote pride in the district and to get tough o­n anti-social behaviour. These are key issues and by addressing them with our partners in the community we are making important strides forward to make a real difference to quality of life for people in the district."

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: "We are delighted to see the new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit launched. The Unit has been set up to bring real results for local people and underlines our o­ngoing commitment to dealing with issues which the public have put as their number o­ne priority."

Christopher Allen, DDC Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, said: "We are looking forward to working with all our partners in the community to address issues of anti-social behaviour. We hope the public feel confident in coming forward to talk to us and together we can work to stamp out anti-social behaviour in the district."

Sgt Guy Thompson of the Strategic Crime Reduction Unit at Dover Police Station said: "Anti-social behaviour is o­ne of our main policing priorities as it has such a detrimental affect o­n whole communities. This is another example of how we are working closely with our partner agencies, and the local community to stand up against those who commit anti-social behaviour."