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Introduction of dispersal zone in All Saints, Chatham

Date: 08/07/2011           Category: Community Safety Partnership

Medway Community Safety Partnership is supporting the introduction of a dispersal zone in the All Saints area of Chatham for a trial period this summer.

The zone will help Kent Police, working closely with Medway Council and other partners, to respond more effectively to reports of antisocial behaviour in the area.

The zone comes into force on Monday, 18 July. A dispersal zone allows the police to order people in the zone to leave the area and not return for 24 hours.

Cllr Mike O'Brien, chair of Medway Community Safety Partnership, said "We have consulted with partners and residents in the All Saints area about this move. We are confident this step will help us improve the quality of life for residents in the area and demonstrates our commitment to responding to the needs of communities in Medway."

The Medway Community Safety Partnership was formed in 1998 in response to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which places a duty on councils, the police and other public agencies to form a crime and disorder partnership to tackle these problems. The partnership consists of Medway Council, Kent Police, The Drug and Alcohol Action Team, The Youth Offending Team, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and other key stakeholders.

Its purpose is to develop and rationalise a strategic response to problems; improve and clarify the structures and delivery mechanisms for tackling community safety; provide a co-ordinated approach to addressing community safety issues across the area, and achieve the aims of the Community Safety Plan.

More details about the Medway Community Safety Partnership are available at www.medwaycsp.co.uk