Kirklees – A new online reporting facility is now available on the Kirklees Council website for local residents to report community tensions to the authorities.
Community tensions describe situations where residents feel concerned, anxious or fearful, either in response to or in anticipation of, events at local, national or international level.
Some examples of community tensions may include a visit to Kirklees by a right wing group, international events such as the war in Syria, anti-social behaviour in specific areas, planning applications for change of use of community buildings or an increase in hate crime.
All information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence and contributes towards the development of a tensions rating for the district which is used to track threat levels and to help inform any appropriate actions.
Cllr Graham Turner cabinet Member for Resources and Community Safety said: “The new online reporting will ensure any potential tensions are addressed at the earliest possible stage. It offers an easy way for local people to share any concerns they may have about community tensions.”
“If community tensions are not effectively managed, there is a danger that they may be a catalyst for more extremist behaviour, leading to disorder and potentially threatening the peace and stability of local communities.”
“In these difficult and uncertain times its vital that we all do all we can to ensure we have vibrant, safe communities for all our residents to live in and this new system will help us in achieving this goal”
The new online reporting mechanisms can be accessed by selecting the relevant link from the report a crime and safety issue section on the www.kirklees.gov.uk/yourneighbourhood web page.
The reporting facility complements similar internal processes that are in place to capture, analyse, manage and respond to intelligence regarding community tensions.