Police initiative to deter kerb-crawling in Bradford put on hold (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Police initiative to deter kerb-crawling in Bradford put on hold
9:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A pioneering police initiative in Bradford, to bring kerb-crawlers face to face with residents affected by their behaviour, has been put on hold to assess how to get the maximum impact.
Last week, Manningham and Toller Neighbourhood Policing Team disclosed plans to hold a meeting between two men, arrested for kerb-crawling in the Lumb Lane area, and local people who would have the opportunity to explain to them how their behaviour impacted on their lives.
The police said a third party would mediate at the “unusual” meeting.
“The residents will be able to speak to the males and explain to them how their actions have upset them,” a spokesman said.
It would have been the first meeting of its type in the Bradford district.
Any meeting has now been put back while senior officers carry out a more detailed analysis of the way to proceed.
Discussions will be held with other partners, like probation and Bradford Council, about how to give a united approach to the scheme. Similar schemes in other parts of the country are also being examined to see what lessons can be learned.
Superintendent Vince Firth, of the Bradford Community Safety Partnership, said: “The Community Safety Partnership is considering this as an additional measure to support one of the many we currently have in place to combat prostitution.
"However, it is very early days and we are still going through a process of evaluating its use elsewhere in the country.
“We will also need to consult with our partners first to assess if it would be effective and, if so, what extra training we would need to put in place to enable staff who deliver restorative justice to meet the unique challenges they would face in delivering restorative justice sessions of this kind.
“Plans for a similar scheme proposed by, and to be delivered by, the Manningham and Toller NPT have been put on hold while the Community Safety Partnership carries out this evaluation.”
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