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Enfield Nominated for Crime fighting award

Published Thursday, 10 May 2012

Enfield's work to tackle gangs and serious youth violence has been shortlisted for an award at the Metropolitan's Annual Award scheme.

In the last year Enfield's Safer and Stronger communities Board has overseen an 11% drop in serious youth violence across the borough and a 28% drop in areas known to be frequented by gangs. There have also been 16% reductions in anti-social behaviour and the recovery of more than 200 hidden weapons, including a gun from across the borough.

The borough's CCTV has been better linked, work has been done to clamp down on gangs in "problem" estates and mobile cctv, dispersal orders, weapon sweeps and work to focus on females potentially associated with gang members have all been used to disrupt gang activity.

The partnership has also set up a number of bodies to identified, tackle and support gang members to ensure they stop offending - either by successfully prosecuting them, or by permanently diverting them away from crime.

The Council and borough police will find out on June 18 whether or not the work done to tackle Gangs and Serious Youth Violence in Enfield initiative will win an award in the Safer Communities Category. A judging panel will make a final decision on the day after seeing presentations from the shortlisted applicants.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said:" In Enfield, We are in the forefront of taking on gangs and we have achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time.

"We are not complacent however and we're doing everything we can to deal with gangs, stopping our children from being the victim of crime on our streets and making them feel safer when they go about their daily business.

"It is undoubtedly shocking to become a victim of crime but fortunately it is very unlikely to happen in Enfield and we will continue to work to continue to reduce crime even further in the future. It is fantastic news that we have been shortlisted for a POP award and I'd like to wish the team good luck for the final assessment in June."

Chief Inspector Ian Kibblewhite said: "Anything we can do to reduce the risks from gang membership to young people will be considered. We are obviously very pleased to have been nominated again having been the overall winner last year in the POP awards for our burglary initiative 'Safe As Houses'.

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