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Lowestoft police identify top priority

PUBLISHED: 16:57 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 06 July 2010

SENIOR police chiefs in Waveney this week vowed to make tackling anti-social behaviour their priority as they seek to make the Lowestoft area a "safe place to live and visit".

SENIOR police chiefs in Waveney this week vowed to make tackling anti-social behaviour their priority as they seek to make the Lowestoft area a “safe place to live and visit”.

A re-structuring of management at Suffolk Constabulary has led to the appointment of a new superintendent responsible for the Waveney and Suffolk Coastal districts, and a new inspector to oversee the three Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Lowestoft.

And yesterday Supt Ian Sidney and Insp Sarsfield Donohue insisted that along with the new streamlined management - which should save the force around £260,000 in 2010/11 - the police would be increasingly working in partnership with other organisations to drive down crime.

With anti-social behaviour still the main scourge of people's lives in Lowestoft, Supt Sidney, a former chief inspector for Waveney district, said his officers would be focusing on this problem.

“Suffolk has the mantra of being a safe place to live and visit and that is what we want for Waveney as well,” he said. “A joint anti-social behaviour team is being set up in both the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts, where all the organisations will work together in one building.”

The new anti-social behaviour team looks set to be unveiled within the next month and it may be based in the Kirkley Centre, the Town Hall or a similar venue in Lowestoft.

Under the management changes, chief superintendents, superintendents and chief inspectors will take on new roles and responsibilities while inspectors look after the force's Safer Neighbourhood Team duties.

The force will also be taking a 'multi-agency approach' as they work with Waveney District Council, health and education chiefs and take the “expertise from each organisation”, Supt Sidney said

To find out more about your Safer Neighbourhood Team in Waveney, visit www.onesuffolk.co.uk

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