A summer-long campaign to reduce anti social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled disorder throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf has been hailed a major success.
The operation, led through the Community Safety Partnership was designed to ensure everyone enjoyed the County Borough’s town centres and parks over the summer months without the threat of bad behaviour from others.
Operation StreetWiZe was a multi-agency campaign to provide a highly visible, effective and proactive approach to combat prolific anti social behavior and alcohol-related crime and disorder issues.
The operation provided two teams staffed by specialists from the Community Safety Partnership Service, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue, Youth Offending Service and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Services for Young People Detached Youth Team.
The specialist officers and professionals formed into mobile engagement teams supported by a mobile CCTV unit with the ability to patrol a target area, and where necessary engage, educate, and deter anti social behaviour.
Operation StreetWiZe conducted over 12 individual operations during July and August with teams located at Treforest, Tonypandy and Aberdare Fire Station where a base location was created for the management of the operation.
The Operation resulted in:
The team engaged with 1,226 young people
A total of 61 anti social behaviour referrals were submitted
Five fixed penalty notices / street warnings issued for anti social behaviour
The seizure of 209 bottles or cans of lager / cider
The seizure of 5 bottles of wine and 11 bottles of spirits.
Other items seized included 7 bags of Cannabis and drug paraphernalia
Three youth were returned to their homes and four youth collected by their parents after being found consuming alcohol whilst underage
The team engaged with numerous victims and witnesses of anti social behaviour
Off licences and shop managers were spoken to and informed of the operation
Phil Bevan, Head of Community Safety, said, “Operation StreetWiZe was about improving the quality of life for people in the County Borough and deterring anti social behaviour in our public places.
“It has been a total success in achieving its endeavours to minimize anti social behaviour during the summer holiday period which should be a time of enjoyment for all and where individuals do not feel intimidated in town centres, parks and other public places that they visit.
“The operational teams monitored known priority and prolific offenders and where required conducted on the spot actions, especially against those behaving in a manner that warranted direct intervention or engagement.
”Our victim support officer also worked to reassure victims, residents and businesses alike, about what actions were being conducted in relation to any individual being dealt with as a consequence of their conduct or behaviour.
“We look forward to further partnership work in addressing this particular matter. Together we can get to the heart of an issue, establish its causes and then ensure all agencies that can make a contribution and a difference do so.”
For further details about the Community Safety Partnership visit www.saferct.co.uk