Antisocial behaviour workshops

Dfuse has recently been involved in a series of antisocial behaviour workshops hosted by Thames Valley Police. Dfuse presented an argument for more community engagement through skilling communities to challenge antisocial behaviour and defuse conflict before it escalates. This video may be of interest to anyone responsible for reducing antisocial behaviour. Watch video of Dfuse’s presentation here

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  1. Over the past three months I have observed two incidents of such extreme antisocial behaviour (in addition to the avalanche that peppers daily life) that I have involved the police.

    The first time (observing a group of 3 drunks loudly harassing and vigorously approaching more than one small child, aged about 5 or 6 or less, despite the child in each circumstance being in the company of its parent), felt so dangerous that I first called the police and then hid in order to be able to take photographs of the perpetrators… Unfortunately not managing to capture an image of the most aggressive of the 3.

    Result: nothing other than my having to give a lengthy statement to a PCSO and spend a couple of hours viewing mug shots on a clunky computer with a bored police constable. Despite two of the drunks being identified by the police from my photos, nothing happened at all.

    Last week, while patiently waiting in a queue at a small local shop, I overheard two heavily accented very large men (secuity guards, in uniform, on a break, evidently) being exceptionally rude to a polite shop assistant. After mis-hearing her asking politely more than once whether they wished to have a bag for their purchases, one said loudly “SPEAK ENGLISH”. He then uttered a couple of words that I did not hear, followed by “…Jew from the concentration camps. I LOVE Hitler!”, spoken in a very loud voice. Turning to them in shock, I saw the two men grinning smugly at each other.

    I did intervene, emotionally and ineffectually. I wish I had known how to intervene more effectively and would love to take one of your courses to learn what to do.

    At some risk to myself, I involved the police. Who were supremely bored and felt no crime had taken place, in all probability. The two men claimed to the police that they had been discussing a film they had recently seen. My word against theirs.

    As I left the police station, I was stopped by a construction worker, whom I did not know, who was working at the site next to the police station. “You didn’t like what that lad said in that shop, did you?” To my astonishment, he too had been in the queue and had heard everything. He readily agreed to give a statement to the police too. Don’t yet know if anything will result from this, but I doubt it.

    Having identified the logo on the Security Guards’ uniform, I have also reported the incident to their employer. Perhaps they will take a firm view of acceptable behaviour by their representatives. We will see.

    It is always, always, always the Bystander who has responsibility to tackle (somehow) what a Perpetrator is doing to a Victim. But as an untrained member of the public, it is extremely difficult to judge what an appropriate intervention might be. Please find a way to make your courses available, and not just in London.

    Antisocial behaviour is a poison that is affecting every community.

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