Joining Forces For A Safer Stockport
Published by Anonymous for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Stockport Homes Pioneers Crime-busting Police Partnership
Stockport Homes has signed-up to a new initiative to combat crime and anti-social behaviour on estates across Stockport and Greater Manchester.
The social landlord is forging stronger links with Greater Manchester Police through a new partnership agreement that will see both organisations working more closely, sharing intelligence and taking joint action to help create safer communities.
The agreement, entitled the Crime Concordat, will see landlords from the 10 local authorities within Greater Manchester sharing information and resources with the police to help develop a more strategic approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. It will also detail how the social housing sector will work with the police to develop business plans and use shared intelligence to deliver effective and efficient services to the public. It will be the first declaration of its kind to be signed that will cover an entire UK City Region.
Work on co-ordinating the Crime Concordat has been completed by Wigan Borough's largest social landlord, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Trafford Housing Trust.
Roger Phillips, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said, “Working closely with the police is not something new to the social housing sector. Across Greater Manchester there are many fantastic examples of this partnership approach which have helped to deliver real and lasting improvements for many communities.”
“In Stockport we have a particularly close relationship with the police and work well together. What this agreement does is establish a platform that will enable us to take all these great individual examples and share them across the region. We really are leading the way with this agreement and we believe it can become the national template for other areas of the country to learn from and adopt.”
The Crime Concordat was signed by representatives of the social housing sector, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd at a special ceremony at Wigan Youth Zone on Monday 2 December.
The social housing sector across Greater Manchester is responsible for managing more than 260,000 homes. The partners hope to work more closely with their combined total of half a million tenants as part of the agreement meaning each one has the potential to play a role in making their communities safer.
Welcoming the agreement, GM Crime Commissioner Mr Lloyd said, “Communities across Greater Manchester expect to see the agencies working on their behalf joining forces and sharing information and valuable resources.
“However, there is another very important partner in this relationship and that is the people of Greater Manchester. Each individual will have a wealth of information about the areas in which they live and work. This agreement sets in place how the organisations will work together with those communities to make the best use of this information and in turn make those communities safer places to live.”
The agreement provides for approaches to be developed at a local level with divisional police teams and local social landlords deciding what works best for them.
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “This agreement lays the foundation for a stronger working relationship between the police and social housing sector across Greater Manchester. It will mean that the resources, energy and talent within the partnership can be used effectively to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour within our communities, protect vulnerable people and provide greater support for victims of crime.”
In Stockport partnership working with the police has already paid off and has recently resulted in a number of drugs warrants being executed and a closure order being secured on the Swythamley Estate in Cheadle. Residents felt trapped in their own home and unable to deal with the matter for fear of reprisals, but after weeks of planning and evidence gathering by Stockport Homes’ staff and Greater Manchester Police enough evidence was secured for a Closure Notice to be served under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. A closure hearing took place at Stockport Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 November 2013.
Councillor Mark Weldon, the Deputy Leader of Stockport Council and Executive Member for Corporate, Customer and Community Services, said, “The Council is committed to working with partners to make the Borough an even safer place to live, work and visit. Stockport residents have the right to feel safe and live in a crime and anti-social behaviour free community. By working with partners we can all make much greater use of combined resources and together we deliver innovative solutions to address the issues facing our communities.”