Multi-agency teamwork has been keeping communities in Wigan Borough safe during lockdown while also boosting efforts to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Place and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) – which sees Wigan Council officers work alongside emergency service colleagues and other partner agencies – has faced many challenges in recent months.
Throughout the winter period teams have ensured reported breaches of Covid-19 restrictions have been investigated, including more than 100 incidents linked to large gatherings and house parties.
Meanwhile, regular patrols, inspections, enforcement actions (such as warrant orders and vehicle seizures) and community engagement has helped to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for police, crime and civil contingencies at Wigan Council, said: “The PCSP carries out vital work within our communities and every day it is helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
“In recent months we have had to refocus to take on the many challenges posed by lockdown, but by working together like a single organisation, all agencies involved have made a massive contribution to keeping our communities safe and well. As a partnership we have ensured incidents reported to us has received a visit from the appropriate agency. This has ranged from investigating reports of house parties and gathering, to concerns over quarantine.”
The PCSP is comprised of organisations such as Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS, housing, and probation services.
Beyond enforcing Covid-19 restrictions, it has continued to tackle the many other forms of crime and anti-social behaviour reported by residents.
GMP and the council have been responding to reports of anti-social behaviour by launching daily policing patrols, carrying out housing inspections, and providing targeted youth support and engagement.
Fly tipping enforcement has also become a focus and re-deployable CCTV cameras are being placed at well-known fly-tip hotspots
Coun Anderson added: “Despite the pandemic continuing to impact us all, our teams have not lost sight of the other pressing issues which cause concern within our communities. In recent months we have worked with GMP to proactively boost our response to these issues through a range of initiatives.
“Some of this joint work may not be readily visible to residents but everyone should be reassured that we are working together to address any concerns that are raised. We will continue to be vigilant, and ask that our local communities help us by following the rules to stay safe, and also sharing any intelligence on activities that they may receive to enable us to act quickly.”
Anyone who notices suspicious activity in the area should call Greater Manchester Police on 101. If you see a crime taking place you should call 999 immediately.