Response to Youth Issues
The Turning Corners project has been created within South Devon and Torbay to identify, divert and safeguard young people who are at risk of Criminal Exploitation.
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. CCE does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Following a referral into the project, a young person’s susceptibility to Criminal exploitation will be assessed using the Youth Exploitation Assessment Tracker (YETA). Assessment will comprise of multi-agency information which will inform the implementation of a holistic, child centred action plan with the aim of reducing the risk of exploitation.
In April 2019 we established Op Folic which is our response to more generalised anti social behaviour linked to young people. At this time criminal investigations are underway in regards to recent issues that have involved the same individuals. Whilst the criminal aspect will be progressed OP Folic logs to track our Partnership response. This involves utilising Partner agenies who have their own powers and responsibilities, such as Housing Associations where ASB could be a breach of Tenancy or the Youth Offending team who have processes to divert young people from the Criminal Jusitce system.
Issued 27 January, 2019
Update: 25 July 2019 - Updates - 25th July 2019
Throughout the months of June, July and August we will have a focus on the Town Centre due to the large numbers of Visiting International Students that arrive in Torquay during this period. These student add a level of vibracy into the Town, as well enhancing the local economy, but have in the past become victims of crime due to the actions of others. We aim to have a presence at key times where they gather to take part in organised activities. We have also worked with the Language Schools during the Winter and Spring to develop resources that the Schools, Students and Host Families can use to try and keep people safe.
Actioned 25 July, 2019
Operation Roxbury (Town Centre) and Operation Commonwealth - Tackling drug use and antisocial behaviour
Op Roxbury is the local response to issues linked to the use and supply of controlled substances in Torquay and the often seen anti-social and criminal behaviours and result. Much of our activity at the moment is focused on the Town Centre and the impact a few individuals are having in specific localities.
Op Commonwealth is our response to the supply of controlled substances across the wider Torquay area. This will involve the use of search warrants obtained from Magistrates to enter and search buildings. Generally these are organised by the Local Team who will request specialist support where necessary.
Issued 21 May, 2018
Update: 25 July 2019 - Operation Roxbury
On a daily basis staff from your local policing team are being directed into Torquay town centre to conduct foot patrol with the aim of disrupting drug related offending and anti social behaviour.
We have been successful in obtaining Criminal Behaviour Orders on individuals excluding them from certain areas of the town and from exhibiting certain behaviours. This work continues and partner agencies meet on a weekly basis to discuss the key individuals causing us concern and formulate plans to address their behaviours and provide the support they may need to turn them away from a life of regular offending.
Update: 25 July 2019 - Operation Roxbury in December
During December the neighbourhood team have been focused on both visible and plan clothed foot patrols within the town centre tackling anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and shoplifting. In addition to this a number of positive drug warrants have taken place at addresses in Torquay.
Update: 25 July 2019 - 27th July 2019 - updates
3 warrants were carries out in the Town during the week beginning 22nd April 2019, carried out by the Torquay Neighbourhood Team and A Section Response. Controlled substances were recovered and those found in possession of them will be dealt with. The Neighbourhood team are still progressing enquiries into 3 large scale Cannabis growing set ups that were found in dwellings that were searched in March and early April 2019.
A resident of a particularly troublesome Town Centre address was charged with several Substance Supply Offences in June and remains in Prison awaiting trial. These charges were brought after months of protracted investigation and several searchs at this address, and now the Landlord is taking action to ensure that he never returns to this location. Our focus on this address came after work that we had done earlier in the year on another Town Centre address, where we had a similar result. Where we have the information we are always ready and willing to ask the Magistrates for search warrants.
Operation Commonwealth is our wider focus on substance supply across Torquay and we have carried out 62 Drug Warrant Searches across the Town in the last 18 months.
Actioned 25 July, 2019