What is a Community Trigger?
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 introduced several measures to improve the way in which agencies work together to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB). These include ways of giving victims a greater say in how ASB is dealt with. The Community Trigger gives victims of ASB or hate crimes the right to request a case review if they are not satisfied with how their case has been handled.
When can I use the Community Trigger?
If you (or others) have reported an incident three or more times within a 6-month period, you can activate the Community Trigger through your Local Authority.
How can I use the Community Trigger?
Click on the Local Authority area in which you live in to follow the process to activate the trigger:
- Birmingham City Council
- Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
- Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
- Walsall Council
- Wolverhampton City Council
What happens next?
Each LA will have a process that will be made clear when you click on their website. In all cases there will be a multi-agency case review that involves various agencies. The aim of the Community Trigger is more of an attempt to fix the problem and stop the anti-social behaviour.
If your community trigger request is accepted, the review process will usually take up to 28 days from the date of acceptance. In some circumstances the process may take longer, and you will be kept informed by the Local Authority of this.
A request can be declined if it does not meet the above threshold or it is prejudicial, malicious or unreasonable.