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Local Housing Hero Wins Top Award For Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour on a Wombourne estate is on the decline thanks to the hard work and efforts of a Staffordshire woman.

Kim Carr, anti-social behaviour officer at South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA), has been presented with a top award from Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Criminal Justice Board, as an acknowledgment of her work in dealing with offenders on the Giggetty Estate in Wombourne.

Each year, the local Justice Awards recognise those who go the extra mile for the Criminal Justice System and highlight the outstanding achievements of the police, its partners and members of the public.

This year’s event took place on 22nd October at Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford, where Kim received the prestigious Divisional Commander’s Commendation award.

Inspector Andrew Chapman of the Chase Division, Staffordshire Police, explains why he nominated Kim: “Over the past year we have worked closely with SSHA to encourage local people to report anti-social behaviour. Kim’s hard work has helped us give tenants the confidence and support to come forward and report incidents, which is a huge step towards tackling the problem.

“As a result, there has been a 70 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents that have required an officer to attend the estate and a 13 per cent reduction in properties becoming available. This clearly indicates that tenants are happy to remain on the estate.”

Kim explains what has been done to reduce anti-social behaviour: “We began by introducing a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour. This led to five injunctions against some of the estate’s worst offenders and sent a clear ‘no nonsense’ message to improving safety. We realised however that legal action alone wouldn’t be enough to turn things around, and so we introduced a series of initiatives to improve the estate, empower residents and create better relationships with the police.

“We’ve worked really hard to improve things on the Giggetty Estate, and while I am delighted and honoured to be recognised in this way, our achievements are the result of a true team effort, involving not just myself and SSHA but also the Police, South Staffordshire Council and the Giggetty Residents Association.”

Photo shows Kim Carr collecting her award