POLICE Officers across Lancashire will be highlighting the work they do to tackle anti-social behaviour as part of a national awareness week.
Anti-social behaviour awareness week runs this week from July 18-22, bringing together people and organisations across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and to make communities safer.
It is backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Local Government Association National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.
For its part, the Constabulary will be throwing the spotlight on the work underway across the county to tackle all forms of antisocial behaviour from vandalism right through to issues like nuisance driving and drug dealing.
Throughout the week, it will be encouraging the public to work with its Neighbourhood Policing Teams to address local issues and showcasing some of the initiatives underway to tackle community concerns.
These include Op Propulsion which has been successful in tackling nuisance bikes and Op Pavilion which aims to reduce ASB in Preston city centre.
Supt Chris Hardy, the Constabulary’s lead for anti-social behaviour said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority for us and a real focus for our neighbourhood policing teams.
“It’s something we work hard to address day in day out, so this week of action is about highlighting some of the ongoing activity which the public might not be aware of and encouraging our communities to keep telling us their priorities through initiatives like Lancashire Talking so we can do our best to address them.
“Working with partners is a vital part of our stance towards anti-social behaviour. As usual, we will be working with them throughout this awareness week and showing the public what our joined approach looks like. We balance diversion tactics and enforcement when dealing with ASB, so this awareness week is a great way to show that.”
Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said: "Anti-social behaviour in all its forms is a blight on our communities and makes people feel unsafe in their homes and on the streets.
“Officers work around the clock to keep areas safe and ensure people feel safe, with this week of activity showing we are unapologetically taking the fight to anyone who makes life a misery for others in this way.”