Community Trigger Expectation

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Once a Community Trigger application has been received and accepted, the Community Safety Unit will contact the other agencies involved to confirm the details of the reported incidents to verify the threshold has been met. You will be contacted to confirm that the Trigger threshold has been met or if it has not been met what action will be taken to deal with the issues raised.

Following validation of the threshold the Community Safety Unit will request that agencies provide complete details of the case and any actions that has been taken to resolve the issues reported to them.

Arrangements will be made for a for a review panel to be formed who will then carry out a case review. The panel will involve senior staff from the appropriate Community Safety Partnership agencies, the Registered Social Landlords and/or other partners that may have been involved. The panel will discuss the anti-social behaviour and the actions taken.

We will write to you soon after the panel meeting to inform you of the findings and recommendations, we aim to do this as quickly as possible within a maximum 25 working days. Should the review take longer than this we will contact you to explain the delay.

The relevant bodies who undertake a case review may make recommendations to other agencies. The legislation places a duty on a person who carries out public functions to have regard for those recommendations. This does not mean that they are not obliged to carry out the recommendations, but that they should acknowledge them and may be challenged if they choose not to carry them out without good reason.

We are required to report on the number of Community Trigger applications and will provide a summary of the key findings to the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership and the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.

During April 2017 to March 2018 there were five Community Trigger Applications received. None of these met the threshold and therefore did not progress to a review panel. However, each of the complainants was contacted after their application to explain the process and to provide contact details for organisations who could potentially help with the issues they were reporting.