Alcohol Custody Project
An action for change alcohol worker is now based at the Hastings custody centre during Saturday and Sunday mornings. The aim of which is to make contact with offenders who have been taken into custody and alcohol was part of the reason why they were arrested. The alcohol worker is there to give advice and information regarding alcohol and refer to the community alcohol team service where the person detained agrees, where they will benefit from treatment with the community alcohol team. The aim of this initiative is to provide the support individuals need whilst also reducing levels of re-offending.
Drug Outreach Worker
Following significant problems of drug misuse within a public toilet facility in Central St Leonards, local partners led by Sussex Police made representations to East Sussex NHS commissioners resulting in the provision of a drug outreach worker to engage with users in this area both to facilitate their engagement with drug treatment services and to minimising harm to local community and businesses. The pilot has had success with seeing previously non engaging clients enter treatment with CRI.
Hastings Business Watch Scheme
This scheme is there for businesses to feel connected to the partner agencies and to promote healthy communication, reduce and prevent crime. Business Watch has opened up a new line of communication between Sussex Police and the local business community. Where Sussex Police can provide regular monthly updates as to what is happening crime wise in the business community and provide timely alerts as and when suspicious activity is identified. Business Watch was officially launched at Ivyhouse Lane industrial estate on Wednesday 26th June by Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Cllr Jeremy Birch and PCC Katy Bourne. Representatives from partner agencies were on hand to provide advice on a variety of subjects and free crime prevention equipment was available. The second event for Business Watch at Pondswood industrial estate on Tuesday 16th July 2013 and third event at Ridge West industrial estate on Tuesday 24th September 2013. A number of members attended from Hastings Borough Council and Sussex Police who engaged with businesses on the industrial estates via door knocking exercises to offer crime prevention advice and free crime prevention equipment and promote the benefits of signing up to Hastings Business Watch.
The Hastings Tardis
The Safer Hastings Partnership has created a full scale police box to engage with people in the town. The aim is to use the tardis to engage with people and it can be used for crime prevention initiatives and by partner agencies. The tardis has so far been used for a number of crime prevention events in the town centre and as part of the Hastings White Ribbon campaign.
Body Worn Video Pilot
Hastings Police, partner agencies and security companies have signed a protocol for body worn video to be used by door staff. Sussex Police have used body worn video for a number of years and the results have been very positive. For door staff to be able to now use the same equipment is a massive step forward to decrease incidents of a violent nature during the night time economy. This will have a duel effect by protecting not only the door staff but also people who want to enjoy the night life in Hastings and St Leonards in a safer environment.
This initiative involves gifting a guard camera to victims of anti social behaviour, where cases are proving very resource intensive for partner agencies and normal multi agency approaches are not having the desired preventative effect. This initiative was considered as best practice from Kent where guard cams are used to tackle anti social behaviour issues. The initiative has received very positive feedback from victims in Hastings and St Leonards, with a significant reduction in repeat calls to partner agencies and assisting with reducing the fear of crime for these individuals. A recent successful example in Hastings and St Leonards involved a local Mosque that was subject to criminal damage including hate crime graffiti and the gifting of the guard cam assisted with reducing community tensions in the local area.
Hastings Taxi Watch Scheme
Sussex Police have been working closely with partners at the Council's Licensing Team and operators of taxi companies within the Hastings Borough to set up this scheme. The purpose of Taxi Watch is to establish a foundation between Sussex Police and the firms to exchange information and primarily to reduce the number of incidents where some choose not to pay for their fares.
Reduce the Strength Campaign
The idea of this campaign is to seek the cooperation of the off licences across Hastings and St Leonards to only sell beers, lagers and ciders up to 6.5 per cent ABV in their stores. This will reduce the harm of alcohol which is an interesting concept to reduce the impact of street drinking. This has been successfully running in Dover, Kent for a while now and we hope to mirror their good example.