Message from West End Drugs Partnership – Can you help?

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Message from West End Drugs Partnership - Can you help?

We are writing to you to see if you would be interested in taking part in a Community Audit Scheme. The scheme is designed to assist and inform the work the police and local authorities are doing in response to the impact of the street based drugs market in the West End.

COMMUNITY AUDIT OF STREET ACTIVITY:

Dear                      ,

We are writing to you to see if you would be interested in taking part in a Community Audit Scheme.  The scheme is designed to assist and inform the work the police and local authorities are doing in response to the impact of the street based drugs market in the West End.  We plan to pilot system of Community Audit until April 2005.  We are hoping to recruit around 50 members of the community in the West End to take part in the audit on a regular basis.  The pilot project will focus on Camden, with a view to rolling out across the West End from April 2005 if successful.

Auditors will be asked to fill in the audit form (attached at Appendix 1), on a weekly or monthly basis, as they prefer.  The audit form allows you to tell us about the level of street activity in those areas that you see on a day to day basis, this might cover a daily walk to work, or simply the pavement that can been seen from a shop front.    Auditors will receive a monthly update of the work undertaken in response to the information generated by the audit (pro forma attached at Appendix 2).

The information received will allow us to deploy appropriate street management resources, (such as outreach teams, street wardens, environmental cleansing and the police) at specific issues.  This will include recurrent problems at a site or with identified individuals.  In the longer term the audit will be used to build up a broader picture of how effective our response to the drug market is, in terms of the impact of drug related street activity on the community.  This in turn will direct any future policy decisions.

Camden Street Population Services Team will manage the audit on behalf of The West End Drugs Partnership (WEDP).  An officer from the team will contact all auditors prior to project in order to discuss how best to facilitate their participation.

The West End Drugs Partnership (WEDP) was established in response to community concerns regarding the street based drugs market in the West End, and includes representatives from a wide range of community and statutory agencies from Camden and Westminster.  The group is designed to ensure that the police and local authority response to the drug market addresses the key concerns of the community, and that such actions are co-ordinated across both Camden and Westminster.  The WEDP has already had some success in terms of the co-ordination of resources, however we are now exploring ways in which we can improve how we respond to community concerns.  The pilot Community Audit is a key means of achieving this.

We do very much hope that you will participate in the Community Audit.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information.

                              Yours Faithfully,


Inspector Des Rock:                                Tom Preest:
WEDP Co-ordinator                                Camden Head of Street Population Services
Appendix 1
Street Activity – Community Audit




Dates Covered:
Area Covered:

Please tick the appropriate box to indicate where each element of street activity has got better, worse or not changed over the last month.

            Better    Worse    No Change

Street based drug use    0    0    0

Street based sex work    0    0    0

Street drinking                0    0    0

Rough sleeping             0    0    0

Begging                        0    0    0

Overall level of
  Street activity            0    0    0


Please use this space to give details of any specific incidents you would like to report, giving dates and times:









Please use this space for any further comments:








Please return this form to jane.harbord@camden.gov.uk

Appendix 2

Monthly Communication Update



West End Community Audit
No. of forms received              Better    Worse     No Change

No. of clients engaged in resultant shifts
No. of these clients accessing services
No. of times feedback was given

Street Survey
No. carried out
No. of clients recorded engaging in street activity
Last Months total

Enforcement
No. of clients identified for enforcement
No. of ABAs signed
No. of ASBOs taken out

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