What is the Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger was introduced by the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and went live on 20 October 2014. It gives victims of anti social behaviour (ASB) the right to request a review of their ASB complaints and brings agencies such as the local council, police and housing providers, together to take a joined up, problem solving approach to find a solution.

If a Community Trigger submission meets the defined threshold, a case review will be undertaken by your local Community Safety Partnership. Agencies will share information, review what action has been taken and decide whether additional actions are possible.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will provide a route for victims to query the decision on whether the threshold was met or the way a Community Trigger review was carried out if they remain unhappy following the Community Safety Partnership’s response.

Who can use it?

A someone who is experiencing anti social behaviour, or a person acting on their behalf, can use the Community Trigger if:

  • The victim has reported three times in the last six months separate, but related, anti social incidents to agencies and the problem persists, or

  • The victim is aware that other people in the local community have reported separate, but related, anti social incidents to agencies in the last six months and the problem persists.  The trigger will be started if five or more individuals have made separate, but related, reports over a six month period.