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Crime Prevention: Staffordshire

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire have attended the community crime fighters one day training course; and how many are expected to have done so by the end of 2009. (296107)

The community crime fighters scheme is a training programme covering new developments in tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and policing issues. It is aimed at people who are already active in their community and will help them to be aware of the services they should expect for their communities—for example the new national policing pledge, as well as what they can do if they see problems.

Over 3000 people have so far attended these events. 3,600 people will be trained by the end of 2009.

Analysis of the postcodes of people attending shows no one from the Tamworth constituency (B79) has attended the training to date.

The total of trained community crime fighters from across Staffordshire is 34. This breaks down into, five people have attended from Stafford (ST17), one person from Newcastle-under-Lyme (ST5), two from Cannock (WS11 and 12) and 26 from Stoke on Trent (ST1-4).

Attendance has mainly been from activists living in one of the 60 neighbourhood crime and justice pioneer areas. These are areas with high crime and high deprivation levels who are working closely with the Home Office. Stoke on Trent is a pioneer area.