Crime Summit and Community Safety Market

22 Apr 2013 @ 10.42 am
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Issued by City of York Council

The impact of alcohol on crime and anti-social behaviour in York will be the focus of City of York Council’s second Crime Summit on 25 April, when a community safety market will also offer residents advice on crime prevention.

At the summit, experts in A&E medicine, domestic violence, anti social behaviour and York’s night-time economy together with council crime partners and members of residents’ associations, will be discussing the effects of binge drinking, drinking in public and alcohol abuse on crime and anti social behaviour in the city.

Over 70 attendees are expected to attend the half-day event at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall to hear keynote speakers including Councillor Dafydd Williams,City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Safer Communities and Jane Mowat, Head of Community Safety for the City of York Council.

For the first time, health partners will attend, including A&E consultant at York Hospital Dr Gill Kelly and Dr Tom Kelly, Consultant in Public Health, who will present their research into alcohol-related attendance and admissions to hospital in York and the impact this has upon NHS resources.

Also attending will be City of York Council’s Director of Public Health Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, and members of the council’s Drug and Alcohol, Community Safety, Trading Standards and Environmental Protection teams.

Delegates include representatives from: the City of York Council (Elected Members, Housing, Community Safety, Public Health, Trading Standards, Environmental Protection and the Drug And Alcohol Action Team), the Health Service, the community and voluntary sector (including drug and alcohol treatment agencies and support services, Homeless charities and domestic violence organisations), Housing Associations, the University of York, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Probation Service.

Delegates will be asked to contribute to workshops themed around anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and hospital attendances and admissions.

Findings and feedback from the event will be shared with the Safer York Partnership’s board meeting in the summer, and will help refresh the Partnership’s Community Safety Plan based on a Joint Strategic Intelligence Assessment of multi-agency data and community intelligence.

Separate Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Violence and Hate Crime Strategies also complement this three-year plan which links with the Council Plan and the recently-published Police and Crime Plan.

To be held on the same day, a council-co-ordinated community safety market will run at St Sampson’s Square from 11am to 3pm.

Besides picking up advice on home and personal security, residents can meet representatives of the Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), Bike Rescue, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Housing, the council’s Environmental Protection Unit and Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch, York Care Centre, York & North Yorkshire mediation and North Yorkshire Probation which delivers the ‘community payback’ scheme.

Councillor Dafydd Williams said: “Besides taking this chance to celebrate local crime statistics which, overall confirm we’re going in the right direction, this summit is a chance to recognise that alcohol and its misuse cuts across most areas of crime in the city and that by working even more effectively together, we can tackle this problem.

“Part of our manifesto pledge was to implement these summits and I’m confident that with health at the table, we’ll be able to generate even closer networks to address alcohol-related crime which is so often connected to areas of crime such as traffic accidents, domestic violence, anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime.

“I’m delighted that the summit coupled with the community safety market will help make York a safer place in which to live and do business.”

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