Hertsmere’s community safety team has been recognised, alongside Watford and Three Rivers community safety teams, for their problem-solving skills in tackling youth crime.
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s annual Mick Fogarty Problem Solving Award recognises the best projects in the county that reduce crime or anti-social behaviour affecting communities.
Despite close competition, a panel of experts awarded the prize to Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), for their work tackling youth violent crime in these parts of Hertfordshire.
The aim of the project was to improve information sharing between partners to help reduce the number of young people who need police intervention following an incident of violent crime.
Councillor Pervez Choudhury, Hertsmere Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said: “We recognised that youth violent crime was affecting some of our communities in Hertsmere, so we worked with partners in the police, community safety teams across Hertfordshire, schools, housing associations and local youth intervention programmes to investigate how we could find an alternative approach to the problem.
“Together we funded two Youth Violent Crime Police Community Support Officers to engage with schools to improve relationships and information sharing, as well as deliver educational packages for young people and their parents.
“This award is testimony to the efforts of all three CSPs – they have not let Covid-19 stop their work and are continuing to help young people make positive choices in their lives.”
Between May 2018 and March 2020, the project has:
- Reached 4,500 young people aged between 11 and 13.
- Carried out staff training to 250 people.
- Conducted five assemblies to over 2,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 17 years old.
- Held six awareness evenings to almost a thousand parents and professionals
- Directly supported 1,500 young people through one to one support and group sessions.
This is the third time Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership has won the Mick Fogarty Problem Solving Award.