FAQs - Crime and Disorder

In this section of the website you will find frequently asked questions about particular issues or situations that affect children and young people and their parents. It is hoped that the answers to these questions will offer people useful information and advice, including links to other websites where appropriate.
I have been the victim of crime. Where can I get help to get over it?
Ask the police to refer you to the Victim Support Scheme

The Victim Support (Redcar & Cleveland) website gives further information: www.victimsupport.org.uk/vs_england_wales/contacts/teesside/

They may be other services that can help you if you are a victim of crime. Please check our service directory information.

I have to be a witness in court and am worried about this. Can I be helped?
Teesside Witness Service provides a free and confidential service to victims, witnesses and their families before during and after a trial. They give advice, information and support to victims of crime and witnesses at both Crown and Magistrate Courts.

My dad is in prison – can children visit?
Action for Prisoners Families website contains useful information for anyone with a relative or friend in prison.

Website: www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org

My dad is in prison – is there information to help me understand about this?
Action for Prisoners Families offers help and support to anyone with a relative or friend in prison. Free helpline: 0808 808 2003 (Covers England and Wales. Open Mon - Sat)

Further info: www.prisonersfamilieshelpline.org.uk

What is a Police Community Support Officer?
Police Community Support Officers are members of support staff employed, directed and managed by Cleveland Police. They will work alongside Police Officers to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence to improve the quality of life in the community and offer greater public reassurance.

What is the Antisocial Behaviour campaign (ABC)?
It is a police-led campaign to deal with the problems of anti-social behaviour by young people such as under-age drinking, 'yobbish' behaviour, litter, damage etc. Whenever the police identify a young person whose behaviour is not serious enough to justify arrest and charging with an offence they take the youngster's details.

What is the Final Warning scheme?
The ‘Andy Social’ page on the Cleveland Police website explains what a final warning is in a comic strip format:

What powers will the Police Community Support Officers have?
All PCSOs will have the following powers:

What will Police Community Support Officers do?
Their main role is to improve the quality of life in the community and offer greater public reassurance. They will work alongside existing Community Policing Teams to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence. They will also work with partners and community organisations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime, environmental issues and other factors, which affect the quality of people's lives.