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A formal protocol has been signed between staff and residents at BHT’s Hastings Young People’s Service (HYPS), the police and Hastings Borough Council to break down barriers and to encourage the residents to feel more involved, safe and valued within their local community.
Staff at HYPS had reported a ‘strained relationship’ between the residents, the police and the Council and wanted to start to build some bridges. Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander, Councillor Kim Forward and Mike Fagan, Community Safety Manager at Hastings Council, all attended the event to sign the protocol and celebrate the start of the new partnership.
HYPS is an East Sussex County Council, Supporting People funded project.
I am pleased to support this joint initiative. We strive to work together with our partners to share best practice and to achieve joint outcomes.
Working with BHT Sussex will increase the opportunities for a closer working relationship, which will benefit all involved.
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps
We want our residents to see the importance of working in partnership with the Police and the Council and to see the many benefits that this partnership will bring both now and in the future.
We believe that by encouraging a closer working relationship between the three parties, our residents will continue to become more involved in their local community and feel much safer within it.
Bob Thompson, Senior Manager, BHT Sussex Housing and Support Services