TARGETING SUMMERTIME ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police have joined forces over the summer to combat noise complaints and antisocial behaviour through Operation Jazz.
Operation Jazz swings into action every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 3am until 12 September. A key focus for Operation Jazz will be to target known gathering spots for underage drinking, street drinking and house parties.
“Over the years we have seen a rise in underage parties, with or without an adult present. It’s not unknown for these to get out of hand after they’ve been highlighted on social media and uninvited guests turn up. We aim to ensure parties are brought under control or stopped if crime or disorder may occur – not least because these types of parties have resulted in youngsters becoming victims of child sexual exploitation.
“We don’t set out to stop people enjoying themselves. The initiative’s sole purpose is to make sure activities are carried out legally and safely.
Everybody has the right to have a party or a barbecue at home, or to gather with friends in parks and open spaces. Equally anyone who is not involved has a right to challenge the behaviour if they deem it unacceptable. Operation Jazz officers will respond to complaints and ensure that these activities are legal and safe.
For the first time this year Cherwell District Council can use powers under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 that allow a Closure Notice to be issued on a residential property.
To report a problem on a Friday or Saturday night call 101 and the police control room will direct the team to attend.