28 October 2008>
Risca town centre will this week be the focus of a major, multi agency operation as part of a drive to tackle crime, disorder and anti social behaviour in the area.
Following a very successful public consultation recently, whereby local residents were asked what issues they would most like to see addressed in their area, the town is to be the latest area to benefit from CANDO (Community and Neighbourhood Directed Operations).
CANDO is an initiative that works with communities to identify solutions to local problems, which includes providing a high visibility presence to tackle the identified issues.
Previously, the initiative has seen some extremely positive results in other towns and villages across the borough, including in Blackwood Town Centre, Pontllanfraith and Penyrheol in Caerphilly.
The following agencies will be undertaking extra work in the Risca area as part of the CANDO:
- The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership
- Gwent Police – high visibility patrols and several community safety related initiatives
- Gwent Probation Service – will be undertaking graffiti removal as part of community reparation work
- CCBC's Cleansing Department
- CCBC's Community Safety Wardens – high visibility patrols to deter anti social behaviour and disorder
- CCBC's CCTV operators – CCBC's mobile CCTV van will be monitoring anti social behaviour hotspot areas
- Keep Wales Tidy/local Youth Offending Service (YOS) – youngsters will be carrying out litter picks as part of their community reparation work
- CCBC's Environmental Health officers – working to target "street scene" issues such as littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling
- Forestry Commission
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "The success of CANDO initiatives are heavily reliant on members of the local community working alongside ourselves and our partner agencies.
The CANDO initiative allows key agencies to pool resources and expertise in a concerted effort to create safer, stronger communities across the county borough, and I am quite sure that this week's CANDO in Risca will be no exception."
Chief Inspector Jo Bull said, "What was clear at the public consultation meeting was the determination of the community and the willingness of partners to work together to maximise the impact for Risca.
This week of focussed activity will enable positive changes to be made for all who live in, work in, or visit Risca."
For further information, contact the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership on 01443 864374.
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