Operation Respect: Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council
This was an operation led by the police and council together in 2013 to target persistent perpetrators of anti-social behaviour which involves joint visits to a number of tenants, usually quite early in the morning, to give them final warnings or serve eviction notices.
This is a great way to show perpetrators that the authorities mean business and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, whilst showing victims that they do care and do take it seriously. Indeed on these ‘raids’, officers also speak to neighbouring residents to advise them of the joint action and encourage them to report any further anti-social behaviour they witness.
Local media coverage of one of these ‘raids’ in 2013 can be found here: http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/local/dozens-targeted-in-operation-on-troublemakers-1-5887010
What We Think
We think this is an excellent initiative that has generated publicity and helps confirm the Police and Council’s stance of not tolerating ASB and taking complaints from victims seriously. This is an effective way to encourage victims to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and hopefully also to reduce ASB going forwards thanks to the surprise early-morning warnings delivered to perpetrators.