Cathedral Quarter & St Peters Quarter BID’s, Derby - Retail Matters Week.
The Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP) is a daily, virtual tasking group led by Public Health that directs partnership resources from a range of agencies within the city centre to tackle visible, on-street problematic substance misuse and antisocial behaviour.
The resources that are deployed aim to proactively encourage and motivate individuals to engage with substance misuse treatment (where appropriate) and wider support services, such as the provision of housing.
For those who choose not to engage and who behave anti-socially in the city centre, appropriate criminal justice interventions are sought to curb these criminal behaviours.
The programme specifically focuses on a target group who are individuals aged 18 or over and who are identified by professionals as posing a risk of harm to themselves or others through their on-street activity.
As part of its activities, the programme regularly engages with individuals who may be homeless as a result of problematic substance misuse and other causational factors.
Cathedral Quarter BID, St Peters Quarter BID, Derbyshire Constabulary, Derby City Council, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS, East Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, National Probation Service , Padley Group, Hope Centre, Derby Homes, Riverside, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), Derby City Mission, Community Protection Officers
Outcome of campaign:
The following is statistical data covering the period June 2017 - June 2018 unless otherwise stated.
58 individuals have been referred onto the PEEP scheme. 29 of these individuals were rough sleeping and were subsequently accommodated. 16 of those have maintained stable accommodation. 40 individuals entered drug and alcohol treatment services.
554 Dispersals were issued between September 2017 and May 2018. 170 arrests were made between December 2017 and May 2018.
28 individuals received custodial sentences with a combined total of 18 years 10 months.
Perhaps the best way to illustrate the results which PEEP can achieve is by way of an anonymous case study.
Person A has been using drugs since the age of 15. His mum and step dad both abused substances and he grew up around drugs and alcohol. Following him getting into substance abuse he regularly committed crime to fund this and spent a life in and out of prison and the hostel environment.
Reason for being on PEEP
Person A was living a chaotic life of substance abuse, begging, and rough sleeping. He was very visible in the city centre under the influence of substances and actively seen approaching people for money, not engaging fully with his treatment worker and was often off script.
Person A chose to sleep on the streets so he could continue his chaotic lifestyle.
Following PEEP Intervention
Person A was targeted daily as an active approach from PEEP agencies offering support. Having initially declined all offers, Person A finally accepted NSNO provision and began turning up at 16:00 daily to ensure he would get a bed and was then given a room at a hostel. Since this he has become stable on his methadone, less visible in the city centre, and not seen actively begging and asking people for money. He has started engaging in support more and, whilst he does still abuse substances, overall he is a lot less problematic in the city centre and seems more motivated to engage with agencies and support available to him.
The intention is to continue improving the integration and coordination of existing partnership working to invoke individual level behaviour change through the enhanced coordination of support and enforcement interventions.
PEEP will continue to champion the removal of any system blockages which may hinder individual's access to appropriate interventions, including the provision of adequate housing.
Whilst the work of PEEP is formally reviewed annually, it is also assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure:
- Trends are identified in individual management plans and to ensure problem solving at a partnership level in areas such as housing, enforcement and courts to remove any barriers to accessing services are identified;
- Behaviours and hotspot areas are assessed to direct resources and ensure the capacity and sustainability of interventions;
- That city-wide safeguarding processes have been followed in the management of the PEEP cohort;
- That assertive enforcement actions when there is persistent non-engagement with support services and ongoing unwanted behaviours are proportional.
All partnership agencies are part of a tasking list for the PEEP cohort and there are clear tasks which are set for each agency to complete, some of these will be around housing support, drug treatment support, police enforcement and probation enforcement.
All PEEP agencies have regular contact and work together to ensure that there is an intensive targeted approach when working with identified individuals, and if there is intelligence on criminal activity such as drug dealing, begging or drug use then this information is given to the police that day. There is an outreach rota which agencies use to feed information back to the co-ordinator, who then compiles this to see which individuals/areas of the city need a more concentrated approach.
The BID Rangers regularly engage with individuals under PEEP and liaise with partners to get individuals the assistance that they require. Part of their role also involves working with the Police, sharing information on individuals where there is a refusal to engage with the programme or a continued element of ongoing crime and ASB.