I’m passionate about tackling anti-social behaviour, particularly when caused by irresponsible drinking. One of my key projects is the Alcohol Fund, a £1m fund to discover what works in tackling this blight on our communities. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and love meeting like-minded community activists across the county. This website will keep you up to date on what I’ve been up to and tell you about the great projects that are going on. You’ll see regular blogs from me, but also hopefully from the areas involved with the Fund. Please get involved!
On Wednesday 21st November, Helen visited Chelmsford, one of the Alcohol Fund areas to see the exciting work that the County Council-led partnership is doing to tackle alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour. Chelmsford city centre has a thriving night time economy and is successfully using partnership working with the police, street pastors, CCTV, pubs, clubs and the local university to ensure that visitors can have a safe and enjoyable time.
During her visit, Helen witnessed Chelmsford’s state of the art CCTV suite in action, which keeps watch over the city centre throughout the day and night. She also met a specialist alcohol outreach worker, a key part of Chelmsford’s Alcohol Fund activities, to discuss her work in enabling at-risk alcohol users to access treatment via criminal justice settings, as well as offering community outreach services.
Helen said “Chelmsford County Countil is doing important work to tackle and prevent alcohol related anti-social behaviour through effective partnership working. I’m greatly buoyed by what I’ve seen already and how Chelmsford is using the Alcohol Fund to make a positive and long lasting difference”.
You can read more about the visit in the Chelmsford Weekly!
This week Helen visited the Isle of Man to meet their Home Affairs Minister and talk about their Criminal Justice system including restorative and community justice. Read all about it here
I’ve had the privilege over the last couple of weeks to be involved in two national awards programmes recognising the great work that police officers do up and down the country. One of these is the Tilley awards for fighting crime – I was asked to be a judge and as I’ve read about the great projects over the last few weeks, I’ve been so inspired – I’m looking forward to meeting all those involved at the ceremony in early December when the winner will be announced.
I am also a judge for the Police Bravery Awards, which I attended last week, hearing first hand the remarkable, inspirational and heart-rending stories of policemen and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities. You can read all about the winners here.
On 11 September Helen spoke to a large audience of prospective Police and Crime Commissioners at a briefing day organised by the APCC. You can find out more, and read a personal blog post from Helen to PCCs here: http://www.apccs.police.uk/blog/blog-newlove-240912