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Community Triggers

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 sets out the requirement for relevant bodies in a local council area to make arrangements for, and to carry out, Anti-Social Behaviour Case Reviews – otherwise known as the ‘Community Trigger’.

What is Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger, also known as Anti-Social Behaviour Case Review, gives victims and communities an opportunity to be heard.

If you are a victim of anti-social behaviour you have the right to expect appropriate action is taken where an ongoing problem has not been addressed.

If you or your community feel you did not get a satisfactory response the Community Trigger allows you to request the review of the police response to the anti-social behavior you reported.

It helps us and you by making sure that no-one in suffering from the harmful effects of anti-social behaviour in our county.

The Community Trigger is designed to bring certain agencies (like the police, local councils, housing provider and the Clinical Commissioning Group) together to take a joined up approach to problem solving.

The local authority for each local council area have responsibility for co-ordinating and administering the case review process.  In Bedfordshire the three local councils are Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council.

Who can use Community Trigger?

Anyone can use the Community Trigger if they feel their concerns about anti-social behaviour are not being addressed.

You can also apply for the Community Trigger on behalf of other person, for example a friend or relative. If you are applying on behalf of someone else please make sure that you have the person’s consent.

When you can use Community Trigger?

The application for the Community Trigger needs to be made within six months from the date of the most recent report.

When applying please check if your complaint meets the below criteria:

  • You have reported three separate incidents in the past year and the problem persists because of no or inadequate response
  • The initial complaint about anti-social behaviour was made within one month of the incident occurring.

If a complaint is made to several agencies at around the same time will only count as one report.

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