Page last updated at 10:55 GMT, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 11:55 UK

Community Pcs 'help cut trouble'

Boy in off-licence
PCSOs try to discourage youngsters from drinking underage

Anti-social behaviour in Wrexham fell by almost a fifth in a year, partly thanks to new police community support officers (PCSOs), says a report.

Officials say the recruitment of 48 (PCSOs) has had a significant impact.

Initiatives to tackle dog fouling, underage drinking and litter have also been credited for the success.

The report by North Wales Police to councillors says there were 8,693 incidents between April 2008 and 2009, a drop of 19%.

North Wales Police have been asked for their figures from the previous year.

In the report, eastern division commander, Chief Superintendent Purdie, says: "A key measure that is being recorded in order to assess the overall impact of the PCSO provision is the recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour.

"Overall, the incidents of ASB (anti-social behaviour) during January-March 2009 have reduced by 16% compared to the same period last year.

"This ranges from a reduction of 22% in Wrexham North to a reduction of 11.4% in Wrexham Central.

"There has been an annual reduction of ASB incidents [of] 19% from April 2008 - March 2009."

'Education'

The report adds: "Increased focus on dog fouling and litter issues has been addressed and PCSOs are actively enforcing those responsible.

"They are also providing education and awareness to young people on a range of issues including underage drinking by working with young people within the school environment."

The council contributed £100,000 to employing the PCSOs in 2007/2008, and has agreed to pay up to 25% of the costs this year and 2009/2010.

Sue Parry, a regeneration officer with community development company Communities First, in Caia Park, Wrexham, said she agreed anti-social behaviour had decreased overall.

The area is split into five wards, with five PCSOs and a community beat manager.

However, she added: "Councils always seem to do these reports at the end of the summer holidays.

"I run a community safety group and at a meeting last week there were lots of complaints.

"But, in all fairness, that was probably because of the school holidays.

"Overall, anti-social behaviour has decreased and we're quite happy."



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