Youth and other stakeholders' perceptions of anti-social behaviour in Bridgnorth, Shropshire: the impact of anti-social behaviour on local community policing

Wood, Richard (2011) Youth and other stakeholders' perceptions of anti-social behaviour in Bridgnorth, Shropshire: the impact of anti-social behaviour on local community policing. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study examines perceptions of anti-social behaviour (PASB) within the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire. It looks at how both PASB and anti-social behaviour (ASB) impacts on local community policing in this locality, and extent to which partnership processes work effectively. The demographic research range is inter-generational, from school pupils to elderly residents, and is inclusive of a „professional‟ sample group as well as residents from Cartway, a troubled street in Bridgnorth town centre.

    This research is timely for policing in West Mercia. With the forthcoming introduction of locally elected police commissioners, it is opportune to consider local concerns and community policing initiatives aimed at reducing ASB. More recently, inner city riots and looting have highlighted the need to research social problems connected to ASB and crime, and where there were no riots or looting in Bridgnorth (a small market town), there does appear to be a general increase in the fear of crime, matched with an increased perception of ASB within town centre locations.

    This research is based primarily as an evaluation of ASB and PASB within Bridgnorth, embracing West Mercia Police and their partnership agencies, and significantly, Shropshire Council. It also identifies and evaluates relevant literature on ASB, and presents recommendations for future action.

    Finally, while this research is submitted for academic purposes, it is also written for a wider audience in hope that it may prove to be of use to the community from which it originates.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 11:53
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5672

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