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Housing manager's commendation for ASB

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal

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A housing manager has been awarded a commendation from the Chief Constable of Durham police for her part in a project to tackle anti-social behaviour in Teesdale.

Diane Smith, from Teesdale Housing Association, worked in partnership with the Bishop Auckland West neighbourhood policing team to deal with crime and ASB in Redhouses, High Etherley.

Officers from neighbourhood policing teams have been adopting a problem-orientated partnerships (POP) approach - involving partner agencies and organisations to address issues of concern in their neighbourhoods, in a bid to improve the quality of life for residents in communities across County Durham and Darlington.

Other projects included a focus on ASB in Fencehouses; the creation of a CCTV register in Weardale; activity aimed at tackling an organised crime group in Thornley & Wheatley Hill; parking issues outside Hurworth comprehensive school; response to incidents at the YMCA in Chester-le-Street; and ASB in Stanley bus station.

MS Diane said: “We are delighted to have been recognised in the POP awards for the partnership work we have carried out with the police and other agencies on Operation Cranberry in High Etherley.

"At Teesdale Housing Association, we are proud of our approach to tackling anti-social behaviour. It is vital that we provide help and support to our tenants to tackle issues that arise within their communities.

“Our intensive approach to resolve the issues in Redhouses has been extremely effective and, thanks to the support from local police and other agencies, we have received no new reports of anti-social behaviour since adopting this proactive stance.”

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “I was delighted to present Diane with this commendation. Diane has made a great contribution to this community making it a better place to be. When we all work together to tackle problems we are often successful like this.”

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