The Safer Dewsbury multi-agency team was created in February 2020 when the Dewsbury Blueprint was launched. It's purpose is to coordinate all available resources to address the problems in the town centre identified by the community.
The council is therefore funding 2 additional police constables who are dedicated to working in the town centre plus two new Public Space Protection Officers to enforce the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that exists within the ring road and forbids street drinking and other offensive or dangerous activities. Other council officers dealing with rough sleepers, begging, homelessness and youth anti-social behaviour are also active in town on a regular basis.
The community has clearly identified that fear of drinkers, drug dealers and users and groups of men is putting many women off from visiting the town centre. This problem is common to many towns but dealing with it in order to create a safe, family environment has been recognised as the top priority if we are to revive activity in the town centre.
Reports of negative activity of all kinds and from all sources is compiled to create an intelligence report to identify the locations and periods when resources can most effectively be used. Priorities and resource allocations change as behaviour changes.