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Multi-Agency Problem Solving Groups
Multi-Agency Problem Solving Groups (MAPS) address local concerns regarding crime and anti-social behaviour. They focus on emerging and long-term problems that cannot be effectively resolved by any single agency.
There are 11 MAPS covering the whole of County Durham.
MAPS meet on a monthly basis with each meeting split into 2 parts.
Part 1 looks at crime locations and incident types. It has a tasking and coordinating function where members consider a document scanning all crime and disorder in the area for the previous month. Crimes such as criminal damage, burglary, violent crime and vehicle crime is mapped and action to tackle these problems is agreed.
Part 2 addresses individual cases of anti-social behaviour for both young people and adults.
Targeted intervention and action is agreed here.
MAPS are bound by the County Durham Information Sharing Protocol; this allows MAPS to share personal information.
How do council services such as Neighbourhood wardens and anti-social behaviour officers work with MAPS?
All of the councils safer communities services are linked into the problem solving work of the MAPS.
- Safer Neighbourhoods Coordinators working closely with the Police to provide community reassurance and a response to local community safety issues.
- Neighbourhood Wardens requested to support operational and reassurance initiatives.
- Anti-social Behaviour Officers investigating anti-social behaviour complaints reported to the council.