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Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington

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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Building a #SaferTameside

Friday, 04 March 2022

Last year, as part of our ambitions to build a better, fairer and greener borough, I committed Tameside Council to working closely with the Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services, local residents and other partners to take decisive action on crime prevention and community safety. This includes, but is not limited to, key issues of concern such as road safety, anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, burglary and knife crime.

It’s still early days, but thanks to the expertise and dedication of Tameside Council’s Community Safety officers and local police, ably led by Chief Superintendent Rob Cousens, I’m pleased to say that these efforts are starting to bear fruit.

 

Let’s take a look at the statistics first. From the period of October 2021 to January 2022, 1,162 arrests were carried out on suspects of crime in the borough. This is 467 more than were made over the same period a year ago. There has also been an 18.2% reduction in incidents of anti-social behaviour over the twelve months from December 2020 to December 2021.

This improved performance holds up even when compared to other local authorities in Greater Manchester. To give just a few examples; Tameside has recorded the highest arrest ratio for burglary, the biggest decrease in vehicle crime, and the lowest number of robbery offences. One area where I’m particularly happy with our progress has been cracking down on hate crime, as December 2021 saw 25.4% fewer hate crimes committed in the borough than in December 2020. This is not only the biggest reduction in the city region, but also brings our rate of hate crime to the joint-lowest of any Greater Manchester local authority area alongside Wigan.

These are all incredibly encouraging figures, but I believe that the true success of our ambitions are judged by whether our residents feel that Tameside is a place where they can live free from the spectres of crime, hate and abuse. An important part of that is not just making sure that justice is done, but also making sure that it is seen to be done.

That’s why, over the past few months, we have launched a number of Days of Action involving the deployment of highly-visible GMP officers, supported by Tameside Council community safety teams, in known hot-spot areas and targeted neighbourhoods. The latest of these, Operation Avro, saw 30 arrests made and large amounts of cash and drugs seized over the course of 24 hours on 17 February. Multi-agency teams, included representatives from the Environment Agency and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, also carried out vehicle safety checks, scrap metal and waste carrier compliance visits and inspections of licensed premises. In addition to these arrests and enforcement actions, police and councils officers were on hand to discuss concerns and share crime prevention and safety advice with residents. This Day of Action was not a one-off, and we intend for it to become a permanent weapon in our crime fighting arsenal moving forward.

 

All this good work is being complemented by the launch of our new Community Safety Strategy, which was approved by the Executive Cabinet in January and ratified by Full Council last week. As well as reducing and preventing crime, the Strategy also supports the growth of stronger communities, encourages residents and visitors to make a positive contribution to the borough, and brings our diverse population together so that everybody in Tameside feels secure, protected and included.

I promised that in 2022 those who pay no respect to Tameside or the people in it would face a swift and clear response, and I believe that we have now begun to deliver on that pledge. With your help and support, we will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that Tameside is the safest possible place to live, work and visit.

 

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