A NEW rapid response police patrol with camera back-up is already proving successful in combating antisocial behaviour and other offences in Leeds.
Staffed by a regular constable and a police community support officer, every Friday and Saturday night the Antisocial Behaviour car is now ready to swing into action to deal with reports of hooliganism and other problem behaviour in Morley.
In just three weeks the new motor patrol has turned out to numerous reports and its crew have also made arrests for possession of cannabis, theft from a motor vehicle, fraud and thefts of gas bottles.
The car’s crew also carry “headcam” equipment which enables video footage to be made of any incidents and the behaviour of troublecausers as they happened and persist for use as evidence in subsequent court prosecutions.
The aim of the new patrol is to reduce the number of incidents by dealing with them effectively at the first possible opportunity.
When there are no calls to attend, the car will be patrolling areas within the community where residents have identified issues which they would like to see treated as priorities.
The car will also focus on areas which have a history of such problems or have been hot-spots for antisocial behaviour.
The scheme was launched ahead of the onset of lighter evenings and has attended 14 calls relating to antisocial behaviour so far.
Sgt Nick Haigh, of Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team, who has pioneered the scheme, said: “Offering an even quicker service means officers can deal with any incidents of antisocial behaviour much more effectively.”