Barbara has praised the innovative approach of the Salford Community Safety Unit in reducing anti-social behaviour, and urged other areas to follow Salford’s lead.
Sustained partnership between police, councillors and neighbourhood groups has significantly reduced crime in Salford, and Barbara highlighted the importance of this cooperation during Home Office Questions in the House of Commons.
“We have had considerable success with anti-social behaviour interventions in Salford. There have been almost 900 different types of interventions and 40 ASBOs. That has resulted in crime falling by 13% overall – in particular, criminal damage has been reduced. However, we do have some way to go. Does my Honourable Friend agree that councillors working with the safer neighbourhood teams will ensure success? That is what has happened in Salford to make our antisocial behaviour interventions so successful."
Home Office Minister Tony McNulty agreed with Barbara and called on other regions to develop the integrated approach practised in Salford:
“My Honourable Friend is entirely right. Anyone who is fair and consensual, as I am, would acknowledge that Liberal Democrat and Conservative councils across the country, and the odd recalcitrant Labour council, are finally getting on board in dealing with antisocial behaviour – the police have certainly been on board for a long time. My Honourable Friend is right: the system is at its most powerful when all those local partnerships come together and draw up a broader antisocial behaviour strategy for the entire region, rather than just focusing on recalcitrant individuals.”