News - Volunteers wanted for Bournemouth's Community Resolution Panel launch

NEW - 8th February 2012

Media release

Anti-social behaviour, neighbour disputes and petty crime in Bournemouth are just some of the local issues set to be tackled using new Community Resolution Panels.

Bournemouth Council, together with the police will be trialling a number of panels across the north Bournemouth area from 1st April to help improve community safety and local residents are being encouraged to volunteer for the initiative.

As part of the Council's Safer Communities programme of works, the Community Resolution Panels are being introduced as a way of enabling local people, who have been involved in an issue of conflict or anti-social behaviour, to come together to help resolve the problem and agree a way forward.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This is very much a community approach in trying to resolve issues of anti-social behaviour in Bournemouth. By introducing these panels we are empowering local residents to take responsibility for, and improve safety in their communities. It’s about the community having a voice in order to help resolve issues with all involved in an informal and effective way as well as preventing reoffending in the future.

"We'd like to hear from local residents who have an interest in helping to improve community safety where they live, to come forward to volunteer to sit on the community panels."

Sgt Lee Tharme, Dorset Police, said: "These panels are an excellent opportunity for residents to become involved in local resolutions that effect communities in a positive way. They enable long-term solutions and support, reducing the likelihood of further offending. Community involvement like this increases confidence in local agencies and strengthens community cohesion."

At each community panel there will be two community volunteers to help facilitate the meeting. There will also be those involved, including the wrongdoer and harmed parties along with a representative from the police or council depending on the issue. The meeting is an opportunity for both sides to explain the issues and what effect they have had before appropriate actions are agreed and an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement (ABA) is signed.

For further information on becoming a volunteer for the Community Resolution Panels contact Reuben Dear on: 01202 453934 or email: reuben.dear@bournemouth.gov.uk