The Community Trigger gives victims and communities the right to
require action is taken where an ongoing anti-social behaviour or
hate crime problem has not been addressed. It helps us and you by
making sure that no-one suffering the harmful effects of
anti-social behaviour and hate crime falls through the net.
Responding to and tackling anti-social behaviour and hate
motivated incidents are a top priority for Sussex Police. Across
the county we have strong mechanisms which allow the police, the
council, housing providers, other organisations and communities to
work in partnership with each other to tackle anti-social behaviour
and hate incidents.
The system is an initiative which is led by the Home Office as
part of the Anti-social Behaviour (ASB), Police and Crime Act in
2014 and has previously been piloted in four locations in England,
including Brighton and Hove. The launch of the Act has also enabled
residents to have a say in the joint-agency approach for how
incidents are dealt with through the Community Remedy, as
coordinated by Police & Crime Commissioners.
Who can use Community Trigger?
Anyone can use the Community Trigger if their concern is about
anti-social behaviour or a hate incident / crime and meets the
- You or the person who you are reporting on behalf of has been a
victim of three separate incidents within the last six months.
- No action has yet been taken by police, local authorities or
How do I use the Community Trigger?
If you think you that your issue or concern is relevant to the
Community Trigger system and meets the criteria, you need to
complete the Community Trigger referral form below. You will
receive an automatic response, when you submit your form.
Your form will then be assessed within three working days and
you will be contacted. If your referral meets the criteria, an
officer from an appropriate lead agency (in discussion with you)
will review your situation and agree appropriate actions with you
within ten working days. If your referral does not meet the
criteria, the officer will advise you on what alternatives might be
appropriate for your case.
What if my concern is council related, for example
If you live in Brighton and Hove, you can also submit a form
directly to Brighton & Hove City Council. Click here for
further details and to be taken to the relevant page of their
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