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1 1 PROJECT CENTURION Reducing Crime & Disorder on Douglas Promenade Isle of Man, British Isles

2 2 PROJECT CENTURION Chris Pycroft Douglas Development Partnership Chair – Project Centurion Steering Group

3 3 PROJECT CENTURION Constable Tony Paxton Isle of Man Constabulary Project Manager – Project Centurion

4 4 Isle of ManGeography PROJECT CENTURION

5 5 Isle of ManGeography PROJECT CENTURION 32 miles long x 12 miles wide Population: 76,000

6 6 Self Governing British Crown Dependency Oldest continuous parliament in the world. Isle of ManPolitical PROJECT CENTURION

7 7 Isle of ManCultural PROJECT CENTURION Celtic & Norse Heritage

8 8 Manx Language Isle of ManCultural PROJECT CENTURION

9 9 Manx Cats Isle of ManCultural PROJECT CENTURION

10 10 Manx Kippers Isle of ManCultural PROJECT CENTURION

11 11 Isle of Man TT Races Isle of ManCultural PROJECT CENTURION

12 12 Running & Maritime Trading Mass Seaside Tourism Offshore Financial Services Isle of ManEconomy PROJECT CENTURION Fishing Agriculture Historically: Today: Shipping Register E-gaming/E-commerce Movies Targets: Aircraft Register Cultural, Heritage, Environmental and Sporting Tourism Space

13 13 Isle of ManEconomy PROJECT CENTURION A high quality of life and image are vital to the continued economic success of the Isle of Man.

14 14 PROJECT CENTURION Isle of ManThe Promenade

15 15 PROJECT CENTURION Seaside heritage has resulted in Promenade becoming the islands focus for evening economy. Major increase in residential use. Perceived major increase in alcohol related crime and disorder during weekend evenings. Isle of ManThe Promenade

16 16 The Birth of Project Centurion PROJECT CENTURION IOM Constabulary had adopted POP approach throughout force. IOM Constabulary introduced the POP concept to local authorities and other agencies. Chief Constable launched Project Centurion in January Constable seconded full time to work within the townhall to manage a POP project with the aim of reducing crime, improving public safety and improving the image of the Promenade.

17 17 The SARA Process PROJECT CENTURION S can A nalysis R esponse A ssessment

18 18 The SARA Process PROJECT CENTURION S can A nalysis R esponse A ssessment

19 19 The SARA Process PROJECT CENTURION S can A nalysis R esponse A ssessment

20 20 The SARA Process PROJECT CENTURION S can A nalysis R esponse A ssessment

21 21 PROJECT CENTURION SCAN

22 22 The SARA Process - SCAN PROJECT CENTURION Public Meeting, Hilton Hotel, January 2003 Initial Scan:Overview of crime figures for 3 beats. Crime & Disorder Transportation Youth Issues Focus Groups & Tasking Steering Group Detailed Scan:

23 23 PROJECT CENTURION Project Centurion Steering Group Membership Isle of Man Constabulary Douglas Corporation Douglas Development Partnership Dept. of Education Youth Service Dept. of Transport Dept. of Tourism & Leisure Michael Taylor – Youth Council Road Traffic Licensing Committee Manx Entertainment & Nightclub Association Licensed Victuallers Association Manx Off Licence Initiative Brian Gresty - Consultant

24 24 Data Collection & Management PROJECT CENTURION Data Collection: Tasking project partners Data Management: Problem Record Sheets

25 25 Data Collection & Management PROJECT CENTURION Task Sheet Task No.4 Problem AreaTransportation Specific Problem The need to transport people away from the Promenade as quickly as possible on Friday and Saturday nights after pubs and clubs close in order to reduce crime and disorder and improve public safety. ToAll Nightclubs in Douglas TaskTo provide accurate information on an hourly basis of the numbers of customers exiting each establishment on a Friday and Saturday night. Completion Date 23 rd May 2003

26 26 Data Collection & Management PROJECT CENTURION Problem Area Transportation Actions TakenEvidence/ AnalysisResponse Specific ProblemThe need to transport people away from the Promenade as quickly as possible on Friday and Saturday nights after pubs and clubs close. Public Forum Organised. Public Anecdotal Evidence Convene a Transportation Focus Group Transportation Focus Group convened. Views from stakeholders on contributory problems & specific issues to be addressed. Task stakeholders to collate specific, detailed scan information. Contributory Problems Reduced availability of taxis due to behaviour of customers. Founded Taxiwatch to improve communication with drivers Anecdotal evidence of drivers. Instigated Taxiwatch bans. Agreed protocol with Police after incidents. Etc.

27 27 ANALYSIS PROJECT CENTURION

28 28 Isle of ManThe Promenade PROJECT CENTURION In 2001/2; 28% of all recorded crime in the IOM occurred on the Promenade, an area representing only 3% of the islands geographical area. 41% of all assaults. 46% of all public disorder. 19% of all criminal damage.

29 29 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION AssaultCriminal DamagePublic Disorder Crime Type Level Year

30 30 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION MonTueWedThuFriSatSun Day Assault Criminal Damage Public Disorder Relative levels of target crime by day of the week

31 31 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION :0013:0014:0015:0016:0017:0018:0019:0020:0021:0022:0023:0000:0001:0002:0003:0004:0005:0006:0007:0008:0009:0010:0011:00 Time Average Annual Number of All Target Crimes by Hour

32 32 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION :0013:0014:0015:0016:0017:0018:0019:0020:0021:0022:0023:0000:0001:0002:0003:0004:0005:0006:0007:0008:0009:0010:0011:00 Av. people on Prom during May weekends Crimes over three years Number who have left Nightclubs Assaults Criminal Damage Public Disorder

33 33 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION Data Sources: Public anecdotal evidence Focus groups and tasks. Crime analysis Public perception survey Target Crimes: Assaults Criminal damage Public disorder Main Offenders: Nightclub customers Main Victims: Nightclub customers Promenade property & vehicle owners

34 34 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION Harm Caused: Injury Damage to property Fear of crime (affecting business) Negative image and reputation for the Promenade (affecting business) Peak Times: 00.00hrs to 03.00hrs on Saturday & Sunday, particularly weekend of month after payday. Locations: Hotspots outside nightclubs Taxi ranks Fast food outlets

35 35 ANALYSISCrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION Response prior to Centurion: Resource intensive cycle of arrest & prosecution. Alcohol Unit already working with Licensees to reduce drunkenness & improve premises management. Contributory problems: Excessive Alcohol Consumption The large area over which police resources must be deployed during the peak period. Insufficient provision of late night public transport.

36 36 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION

37 37 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION Task Sheet Task No.10 Problem AreaTransportation Specific ProblemThe need to transport people away from the Promenade as quickly as possible on Friday and Saturday nights after pubs and clubs close in order to reduce crime and disorder and improve public safety. ToAll Taxi Companies TaskTo provide copies of taxi logs for Friday and Saturday nights from 1st January 2002 to date, providing information on times, destinations, pick up point and any points of note such as customers not paying, violence, abuse, vomiting etc. Completion Date 13 th June 2003

38 38 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION Qty OOT Qty taxis

39 39 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION Data Sources:Public anecdotal evidence Focus groups and tasks. Public perception survey Bus timetables Survey of taxi operators Main Problem: Insufficient provision of public transport at peak times. Main Partners: Taxi operators Isle of Man Transport Private Coach Operators Police Nightclubs

40 40 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION Harm Caused:Frustration Increased opportunity for incidents to occur. Negative image of poor management. Disturbance to residents. Disincentive to visit Promenade at peak periods. Peak Times:Midnight to 3.00am particularly weekend of month after payday. Location of Problem: Whole length of Promenade.

41 41 ANALYSISTransportation PROJECT CENTURION Contributory Problems: Insufficient taxi licences Non-operation of taxis due to fear of crime etc. Inefficient use of taxis to out of town destinations. Temporary withdrawal of taxis following incidents. Lack of late night bus service. Lack of communication between public transport providers. Insufficient and poorly managed taxi ranks. Restrictions in taxi legislation preventing most efficient use of taxis at peak periods.

42 42 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Anecdotal evidence from the public meeting and public perception survey suggested that young people (under 18) were responsible for much of the antisocial behaviour and crime on the Promenade. Whilst data from Youth Service worker logs did reveal a background level of illegal alcohol and drug use by young people, there was little evidence from the crime data of their involvement in other crimes It became apparent when reviewing the data that many of the complaints about young people from the public related to the noise and disturbance caused by large groups gathering in public places such as the Promenade and surrounding residential areas.

43 43 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Minor Criminal Damage Medium Criminal Damage Serious Criminal Damage Minor Alcohol Medium Alcohol High Alcohol Minor Assault Medium Assault Serious Assault Looking for a Fight Verbal Abuse Drug use Minor Drug use Major Hospital Treatment Confrontation Fighting Drug/Alcohol Seizure Theft Adult purchase of alcohol Indecent Exposure

44 44 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION It was also apparent that the location of these gatherings fluctuated as a result of the weather, police response, the presence of other attractions and other factors such as time of year. Perception is the perceivers reality Project partners recognised that an understanding of the youth perspective would be vital.

45 45 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Michael Taylor

46 46 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Dry bar/clubEventsDrop In Centre/café SkateparkBuzz BusIce RinkFairInternet CaféSheltered outside venue Skater Scally Other Goth

47 47 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Data Sources:Public anecdotal evidence Focus groups & tasking Youth workers Youth outreach workers logs Crime analysis Complaints to Police Survey of Young People Public Perception Survey Main Problems:Intimidation caused by large groups of young people. Background level of underage drinking, drug use and sexual activity.

48 48 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Main Partners:Youth Service Young people Police Douglas Corporation Church groups Harm Caused: Intimidation & fear of crime Disturbance of residents Young peoples health issues Peak Times: Mainly Friday/Saturday evenings (variable throughout the year) Location: Centred on Promenade but easily displaced.

49 49 ANALYSISYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Contributory Problems: Public Misperception. Mobile nature of young peoples social habits. Shortage of social facilities, events & activities for young people. Conflicting approaches by police and youth service. Lack of understanding of young peoples social groupings and their different requirements. Lack of forum to represent young peoples views. The importance of personality in developing rapport with young people.

50 50 PROJECT CENTURION RESPONSE

51 51 RESPONSECrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION Police Action Plan:53 potential responses Use of detailed intelligence from Centurion to target resources more efficiently. Project Centurion Task Force. Refusal to grant bail to offenders on Friday/Saturday. Using Drunk & Disorderly & Provoking Behaviour instead of Section 3 Public Order in order to gain stronger sentence & Pubwatch ban.

52 52 RESPONSECrime & Disorder PROJECT CENTURION Police Action Plan:53 potential responses Policing taxi ranks to prevent illegal car parking. Alcohol Units numerous initiatives in collaboration with licensees.

53 53 RESPONSETransportation PROJECT CENTURION Conclusions; The target crimes and disorder are either opportunist or incidental rather than pre-meditated. Therefore, the quicker clubbers are removed from the Promenade, the less opportunity or reason they have to commit crime in the first place Reducing frustration about the lack of taxis and the difficulty experienced getting home after a night out was considered important in reducing incidents at taxi ranks. 3.If more people are transported home by vehicle, fewer are left to walk home committing opportunistic and incidental crimes en route.

54 54 RESPONSETransportation PROJECT CENTURION Responses:TaxiWatch Police/Taxi protocol Improved rank management Parking Controllers on horse trams Increase in taxi licences Late night bus service Taxi rank review.

55 55 RESPONSEYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Responses:Douglas Youth Council

56 56 RESPONSEYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Responses:Douglas Youth Council Monthly Dance Events Outdoor events celebrating creativity of young people Events & Venues

57 57 RESPONSEYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Responses:Douglas Youth Council Monthly Dance Events Outdoor events celebrating creativity of young people Youth on the Move Events & Venues

58 58 RESPONSEYouth Issues PROJECT CENTURION Responses:Douglas Youth Council Improved communication and collaboration between Youth Service & Police. Monthly Dance Events Outdoor events celebrating creativity of young people Youth on the Move Area 51 Youth Text Line Events & Venues

59 59 PROJECT CENTURION ASSESSMENT

60 60 ASSESSMENT PROJECT CENTURION AssaultCriminal DamagePublic OrderAll Crime % reduction in crime overall. Includes a 28% reduction in thefts.

61 61 ASSESSMENT PROJECT CENTURION Difficult to assign results to specific responses. However…………. Police Action Plan appeared to have an instant and dramatic effect. Transportation responses took longer to implement. Transportation likely to result in a steady long term reduction in crime. Youth related responses more likely to have impact on public perception. 2 nd Survey proposed November 2005.

62 62 ASSESSMENT PROJECT CENTURION AssaultCriminal Damage Public OrderTheft OffenceAll Crime Forecast of reported crimes for based on first four months (seasonally adjusted)

63 63 ASSESSMENT PROJECT CENTURION Secondary Benefit; Relationships and partnerships and collaboration between all organisations and sectors involved.

64 64 ASSESSMENT PROJECT CENTURION The Future of the Project Phase 2 – Public presentation, meeting and workshop Public Perception Survey 2 Continued Monitoring Greater all round understanding of current issues.

65 65 ASSESSMENTLessons PROJECT CENTURION Incremental scanning and repeating the SASASARA process. The importance of a dedicated person to drive the project. Information collection process – Tasking. Information management – Contributory problems. Communication and collaboration. The value of politicians. Publicity & Public Relations including colleagues. Planning the Project. Patience. Perception versus reality. Crime and disorder are community issues that often require community responses. Motivation & Enthusiasm.

66 66 And finally…………………… PROJECT CENTURION The Isle of Man is a beautiful island with a high quality of life, a strong sense of community and relatively low levels of crime.

67 67 PROJECT CENTURION Any Questions? Chris PycroftTony Paxton


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