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Stay Safe Lincolnshire Posted On 23 July 2021

Police Work in Schools could help prevent anti-social behaviour

 

Keeping our children safe will always be of the highest priority. One of the problems youngsters can face is the tendency to fall foul to ASB or anti-social behaviour. As with many things, education is key. By educating children when they are young about what ASB is and why it is a problem, police hope that there will be a reduced level of ASB in the future.

What is anti-social behaviour? Antisocial behaviour is defined as ‘behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’ (Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011). This could be vandalism, fly-tipping, shouting, screaming, excessive or persistent noise or using or threatening to use violence.

Lincolnshire Police have been going into schools to educate pupils about this type of behaviour and demonstrating what officers must do to tackle these problems. Chief Inspector Simon Skelton, of the Safer Together Partnership spoke to ‘Lincolnshire World’ explaining, “Our vison for Lincolnshire identifies ASB as a top priority with a focus on reducing repeat victimisation and calls for service. While ASB includes comparatively low-level offending, the impact on victims can be severe, affecting how safe they feel, and their quality of life. It can make life a misery. Partnership work is absolutely key to addressing the issues and creating a safer Lincolnshire.”

When in schools, the Lincolnshire Police have been teaching students what to do if they or someone they know has an issue regarding ASB. One of the key messages is that the best way to tackle it is to join forces with other agencies. Chief Inspector Skelton explained, “For example, to effectively deal with repeated street begging, we need to share information and work with other agencies and charities to support the individual. Why are they begging? There might be multiple reasons such as mental health problems, homelessness and addiction.”

As well as being addressed during ASB week, the topic is woven through the curriculum via the Lincolnshire Police Mini Police in primary schools and the multi-agency led secondary ‘Stay Safe’ sessions. Both schemes have been welcomed and well received by schools and will continue to run in 2021 and beyond.

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