New community safety hub in Harlow launched to target resources at tackling crime and antisocial behaviour

Crime / Thu 1st Feb 2024 at 07:15am

HARLOW Council has launched a new community safety hub in the town centre as part of a new crackdown on crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the town.

The new hub, based in the Civic Centre, brings together the council’s Community Safety team and Essex Police, with a view to expand the hub to include other community safety partners in the future. The hub will bring community safety agencies under one roof to improve partnership working and sharing of information, to help reduce ASB and crime around the town, and is part of the council’s priorities to improve council services and restore pride in Harlow.

The public will continue to report crime and ASB in the usual way – the hub is not open to the public but will operate as a space where different partner agencies can work better together for the benefit of the town. Tackling crime and ASB featured as a major priority in the results of the council’s residents survey in 2023 and the hub will complement the council and its partners work to achieve this.

The launch event, held on Wednesday 17 January, gave partner agencies the chance see the hub and joint-working in action. It was attended by representatives from the council, Essex Police, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst and the NHS. A further event is being planned in the coming months where wider Safer Harlow Partnership members will be invited to visit the hub and learn more about how it enables partners to work more effectively together.

Commenting on the hub’s launch, Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“We know from the residents survey conducted over the summer that tackling crime and ASB is a big priority for residents, and this hub will bring together the right agencies in the right place to share resources to tackle the issues head on. 

“I am delighted to see the hard work behind the scenes to bring this new community safety hub to life has now paid off. We now have a space where the town’s community safety partners can all work together, share resources, data and information so that we as a town can more effectively identify, tackle and reduce issues around ASB and crime in Harlow. By being based in a central location in the town centre we can also work together more effectively to tackle issues within our town centre.

“By taking a more joined-up approach and improving the overall efficiency of the Community Safety Partnership in Harlow, we can make a much bigger difference in helping to make our residents, businesses and visitors feel safer and reduce incidents of ASB and crime across our town, whilst delivering on our priority to improve council services and restore pride in Harlow.”

Chief Inspector Paul Austin, District Commander for Harlow said “We welcome the launch of the community safety hub and are confident that it will support with our ongoing efforts to reduce antisocial behaviour in Harlow.

“We will continue to work with our partners including Harlow District Council and engage with those in the community about their concerns in Harlow.

“We want Harlow to be a place that people enjoy living in, working in and visiting and if there are issues that the public are worried about, please let us know.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Our communities deserve to live in safe neighbourhoods where police are not strangers but visible, responsive and working with local businesses, groups and neighbourhoods to identify and tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.”

“Partnership working is essential in our approach to bring crime down and this hub will enable Essex Police, Harlow Council’s Community Safety team and other valued partners to work together and share resources. I’m very pleased this new hub is open and will be keenly following its effect on antisocial behaviour in Harlow.”

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12 Comments for New community safety hub in Harlow launched to target resources at tackling crime and antisocial behaviour:

2024-02-01 09:53:12

Thumbscrews would sort it.

Luke Burton
2024-02-01 10:51:22

So you've reserved a meeting room somewhere and you call this a plan... Where is the money for social services, after school clubs, more police, more court slots, and more prison cells? The filth of Harlow need to have fear struck into them. If you commit or plan to commit any violent or anti-social crime you will be locked up for 50-years without the chance of parole. That is the only way we can stay safe.

Luke Burton
2024-02-01 10:53:11

These thugs have equal opportunity to access education and do well at school. That's their first chance. Social services and clubs should then be their second chance - after that, no more. You commit a crime and you need to be kept away from law-abiding folk.

2024-02-01 10:56:58

Seems a positive step forward. Let us hope it works.

2024-02-01 12:50:05

When they have finished scoffing themselves with free sandwiches, i just wonder if they even talked about solving HARLOWS knife crimes?

2024-02-01 14:15:40

Wow…. Just put real police on the street! Not in the silly rainbow cars or the police that took the knee, I mean real police.

2024-02-01 15:29:10

I have said this many times . Now I need to shout it . NATIONAL SERVICE, will sort them out.

2024-02-01 16:44:15

Lets start by sorting the Stow neighbourhood out with record crime being committed her then lets move on to the constant move in to our town of homeless people from other districts then let put them all in prefabricated warehouses! Now where are my sandwiches! for coming up with that idea!

2024-02-01 22:16:20

This is just another chocolate teapot idea from this conservative council, if they can't stop people from riding e bikes and e scoters in the town or people dealing drugs or using drugs in the town centre what chance do they have at stopping anything else.

2024-02-01 23:08:12

Paul is absolutely correct, not yards from the police station the town centre is full of those who flout the law, if I can sit in Costa and watch drug deals going on in the high street surely the police can, as for bike and E-Scooters maybe the police and Harlow council safety team are deliberately ignoring them, Law enforcement needs to start with Zero tolerance to the minor issues.

Guy Flegman
2024-02-02 08:54:58

I am confused. I though we already paid the police to do this

Nogin the nog
2024-02-02 13:14:29

Tougher sentencing stop pussy footing around hard labour make them think twice

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