The Solace initiative has been rolled out to Stroud, having successfully been used in Gloucester and Cheltenham, a multi-agency partnership between police, community groups and Stroud District Council.
Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie met PCSO Tanya Wilson of the Stroud Local Policing Team on Wednesday to learn more about how the initiative, aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour, works.
The aim is to reduce repeat incidents and victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB) by providing a consistent approach between police and the local authority alongside support agencies and other partners. Solace can receive hearsay reports anonymously – previously some people had been worried about being named when submitting reports of ASB.
In July 2022 more than £2 million Government funding was set aside to be spent over the next 18-months to prevent and address issues including Violence Against Women and Girls, Neighbourhood Crime and Anti-social Behaviour.
A total of £749,124 from Home Office Safer Streets was used to tackle ASB in a number of ways, including rolling out Solace across rural parts of the county.
The funding provided a PCSO for each of the county’s six districts. Their role is to deal with low-level anti-social behaviour, support the prevention of prevent street drinking in Gloucester and Cheltenham, and promote and roll-out a ‘community triggers’ scheme to help provide multi-agency support in cases of repeat anti-social behaviour.
“I am incredibly pleased that the police are leading on such an inspirational project and Tanya is the right person with the right expertise to make this a great success for local people,” said Ms Baillie.
“The Prime Minister and the Government are spearheading a national anti-social behaviour crackdown so projects like this will make a difference up and down the country.
“I understand Stroud District Council has committed to provide a person to mirror the work Tanya is doing and we are waiting for the council to put this in place.”