Successful Town Team Working

by | Feb 20, 2024 | News

Members of Bournemouth town centre’s Town Team took part in working sessions held at Dorset House.

Representatives from Dorset Police, BCP Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team, CSAS officers, the Neighbourhood Policing Team, and the BID Rangers attended.

The sessions were split over two days, with half the team attending each day.

There were several speakers from the partner organisations including the BID’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Kinvig.

The training days will be held regularly, the next sessions before the start of summer season.

Mr Kinvig said: “These were two excellent days with plenty of discussion and interaction and a number of themes emerging, including better integration and information sharing.

“There was also a clear recognition that the new Business Crime Reduction Partnership will significantly enhance joint working.”

The new Town Team campaign is promoting collaborative work by Dorset Police, BCP Council, the Town Centre BID, and other partners to help deal with and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and help make the town centre a safe place to live, work and visit.

BCP Head of Public Protection, Sophie Sajic, said: “Joint training allows teams to better understand each other’s roles and the powers we collectively have to tackle issues such as street based anti-social behaviour. As a group we are stronger than individual organisations and it is key to get the teams together regularly to share best practice and strengthen partnerships.”

Dorset Police’s Bournemouth Neighbourhood Inspector Adrian Thompson added: “The Town Team approach sees the Police, Council, and the Town Centre BID working together to make Bournemouth safer for residents, visitors, students, and businesses.  The recent joint team training and work group allowed us to share good practice and intelligence which makes us stronger as a partnership.  The interaction between the teams was good to see and is so important to closer working. I am keen we maintain these connections and these sessions.”