Plymouth city centre to get extra police patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour

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Plymouth city centre is to get extra patrols in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and help people to feel safer. It will see more police and Plymouth Against Retail Crime (PARC) officers in some of the city’s crime hotspots.

They will focus on 16 areas identified by analysing crime data from the last year. Members of the public can expect to see extra police patrols along with uniformed community patrols, such as marshals and street wardens.

The patrols are being funded through Plymouth's portion of £1 million in Home Office cash received by Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner to reduce antisocial behaviour and serious violence. Plymouth City Council said it will give residents "peace of mind".

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Councillor Sally Haydon, Plymouth City Council cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “It is great news that we have received some funding to help keep our city safer. We have some excellent initiatives in place such as the Help Points and the Safe Bus already in our city, but there is always more to be done to help make people feel safer when they are out and about and to help put a stop to antisocial behaviour.

“Extra street patrols about in the city centre will help residents have peace of mind.”

Steve Hughes, chief executive of the Plymouth City Centre Company, lobbied the police and crime commissioner for the funding. He said: “This funding will reassure local businesses; they will feel more at ease that this is being managed and there are things in place to keep the streets safer.

“The impact of antisocial behaviour is significant, not just on the business itself but for the people working, everyone should feel safe when they are at work.”

The funding is part of a wider street focus initiative led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, which involves working with partners including local authorities to tackle issues in the community, and is a partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, Community Connections and PARC.