Page last updated at 12:06 GMT, Saturday, 25 July 2009 13:06 UK

Street teams tackle youth crime

An initiative to tackle criminal and anti-social behaviour among young people has been launched in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police has joined forces with the city council and youth offending services to create "street based" teams.

The teams will work together to reduce anti-social behaviour and uncover the root causes of crime in communities.

They will provide a visible presence on the streets and build up relationships with youths and their families.

The initiative follows on from South Yorkshire Police's Operation Staysafe, which was launched to reduce under-age drinking.

The force's Insp Paul McCurry said: "We hope street based teams can make a real difference and have benefits for local communities.

"Agencies will work together and provide a visible reassurance in certain key communities."

About 250 young people have completed questionnaires about what activities they would like to take part in outside school time as part of the project.



Print Sponsor


RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific