Some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable communities now have hotspot patrols in a bid to combat antisocial behaviour (ASB.)
Funded by £1 million-worth of Government investment, patrols will run in targeted areas of all four Cleveland boroughs.
The initiative started in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees in August 2023. Patrols in Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Council will follow in the near future.
Cleveland is one of just 10 pilot areas in England and Wales, where high visibility, uniformed patrols will operate. They aim to deter offenders and provide reassurance to communities.
Data from the police, fire brigade and local authorities has been used to identify target areas.
Patrols will take place within micro-sites across 15 council wards in Cleveland, which have been identified as having a high level of incidents of antisocial behaviour.
Hotspot patrols will run within micro-sites in the following council wards in Cleveland:
- Headland and Harbour
- Berwick Hills and Pallister
- Longlands and Beechwood
- Park End and Beckfield
Redcar and Cleveland
- South Bank
- Billingham South
- Billingham Central
- Stainsby Hill
- Stockton Town Centre
Public perception surveys, the number of enforcement actions and antisocial behaviour incidents will be monitored during the pilot will be used to evaluate its success.
The hotspot patrol pilot runs until the end of March 2024. Learning from pilot areas will be used to inform the scheme’s national roll out, which will take place from April next year.