WARWICKSHIRE Police has been commended for the progress it has made in tackling anti-social behaviour over the past two years.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)carried out an inspection in 2010.
It went ahead to find out how the police can best tackle anti-social behaviour, with a follow-up inspection carried out earlier this year.
The results of the follow-up have now been published and show that the force has made ‘progress in the way it understands and tackles anti-social behaviour problems’.
Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary for the Western Region, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight that can wreck lives and communities.
“Our review shows that Warwickshire Police has made some progress in how it tackles the problem.
“The force should be commended for this – especially as it comes against the backdrop of significant budget cuts across the service."
She did point out that there was no room for complacency, particularly in the areas of victim satisfaction and staff training.
Chief Superintendent Martin McNevin, head of communities within the force, said: “We welcome this report which rightly recognises the progress that the force and partners have made in relation to tackling anti social behaviour.
"I am encouraged by the work that is taking place to ensure that we identify vulnerable victims at an early stage and deliver a service according to their needs. "Tackling anti social behaviour is a force priority and Safer Neighbourhood Teams are currently achieving 100 per cent of all policing activities, set locally by community forums, to deal with this problem.
"However, we are not complacent and will continue to address the issues raised by HMIC.
“We recognise the distress that can be caused by anti social behaviour and are committed to improving the lives of those people within our communities, for which this is an issue."