Posted on 24th June 2015
Police are set to join forces with Chesterfield Borough Council to step up patrols in two public open spaces in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Officers have received reports in recent weeks of vehicles regularly congregating in Queen's Park and Eastwood Park. They are now set to work alongside the local council to undergo joint, high-visibility patrols in the area.
The joint initiative follows a partnership launch of the Park Guardian Scheme earlier this year in April. The scheme sees local people being encouraged to report any issues that they may see in the parks such as criminal damage, anti-social behaviour, graffiti, fly tipping, or dog fouling, to the relevant authority to help to protect the area.
Regular visitors to the parks are being urged to sign up to a programme dedicated to protecting the area from anti-social behaviour and damage.
Chesterfield and Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership Sergeant, Dave Harrison said: "We are looking forward to working alongside the council to address these issues which are a concern for local residents and visitors to the park.
"Officers will be stepping up patrols at peak times and speaking to any offenders, taking appropriate action where necessary. We hope to diminish any concerns as we want to ensure these open public spaces remain as nice and relaxing places for people to enjoy."
Meredith Ezard from Chesterfield Borough Council added: "We are pleased to be working alongside Derbyshire Constabulary to tackle anti-social behaviour in Chesterfield's park. We believe that by using a multi-agency approach to tackle these issues we can make a difference for the local residents and visitors to the park."
To sign up, or to find out more about the Park Guardian scheme, call the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership Team on 01246 345225, 01246 345306 or email at: Community.Safety@chesterfield.gov.uk
To report anti-social behaviour or suspicious incidents in the park, call police on 101.