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News - 3 January 2013

PAC Birmingham conference on Exclusion schemes: book now to avoid disappointment

The latest in Partnerships Against Crime's series of regional conferences on Exclusion Schemes is scheduled for Birmingham in February and is set to be PAC's largest yet. If you want to know more about how you and your community can benefit from running an Exclusion Scheme, make sure you are booked in.

The Birmingham conference is the fourth in the series under the title 'Exclusion Schemes:  reducing high street crime and anti-social behaviour'. Previous conferences have been held in Bristol (in July), London (October) and last month in Leeds. Each one has been bigger than the previous one and, according to PAC's Administrator Pam Millhouse, the Birmingham event will be the biggest yet.

"I think a lot of people can see that Partnerships are the basis of really effective local strategies for low-level crime reduction and addressing anti-social behaviour. What these conferences do is focus on real-life, nitty-gritty experiences to provide really practical advice and help to those thinking about setting up their own partnerships." 

PAC is a consortium of public and private organisations which has come together to promote the spread of crime reduction partnerships.  It does so by heavily subsidising the events - a seat at one of the conferences is priced at just £55 for the full-day event, including refreshments and lunch.

"Crime reduction partnerships really are a win-win thing" says Pam Millhouse.  "Communities can get directly involved in reducing crime and ASB, and can see the benefits of involvement - so more and more people become involved and the partnerships become more and more effective.  For the police, who are cash-strapped of course, working closely with such partnerships is a great way of making their resources go farther, and winning real involvement and support from the public.

"If just one or two delegates go off at the end of the day with new enthusiasm and knowledge and set up partnerships, then PAC has done its job.  And I'm delighted to say that that's excactly what has happened!"

For more details about PAC visit its website here. For more information about the PAC conference to be held in central Birmingham on February 28th and to book your place online, click here

 


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