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Inspector Nick Butler's blog: August 2017

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My name is Inspector Nick Butler and I am the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector responsible for local policing in the Mansfield District.

Each month, I’ll publish a new blog on the neighbourhood pages of the Nottinghamshire Police website to help keep you informed about the work of our local policing team, details of recent incidents, crime trends, engagement opportunities and success stories in our area.

Working together to make Mansfield safer

I have been a Police Officer for 26 years and have seen many changes along the way. Over the past five years these changes have happened at an even faster rate and I know many of you will wonder why we have taken some of the decisions we have.

In the media this week, we have heard about the number of police stations that have closed nationally and locally we have felt this too.

It is with a heavy heart any police station closes but we need to maintain officers on the beat and by cutting the costs of our buildings it has ensured we still have good people out there responding to and preventing crimes from happening in the first place.

The local policing team recently moved into the Mansfield District Council Civic Centre and we all work together in what we call the Community Partnership ‘Hub’. We work in the ‘hub’ with the Council Neighbourhood Wardens, antisocial behaviour case workers, Women’s Aid, and Fire Service to name but a few.

I have been really impressed at how well the ‘hub’ works and its great to be able to receive a concern and then quickly pull a group of key people together to resolve it. It also stops callers from being transferred from one department to the next or even one organisation to the next.

I wouldn’t say we have the immediate solution to every problem but we are better placed here than at any other time I can recall.

We all come together first thing in the morning for a team briefing and we share crucial information and agree what and where our priorities are for the next 24 hours.

Recent policing activity

Policing is varied and every day is completely different. I arrived at work this morning to find we had locked up two suspected house burglars and a man we wanted in connection with cars being broken into Warsop.

Each arrest had resulted from a swift response and quick-thinking from our officers. It is important to recognise that on a daily basis our local teams are working really hard to keep everyone safe despite their workloads being higher than at any other time I can remember.

Problem solving in your community

Something that we probably don’t spend enough time explaining is the problem solving work that takes place to stop reoccurring problems and ‘get up stream’ as we often call it.

My team this week have been investigating a number of reports of antisocial behaviour at a derelict site in Mansfield by children and damage being caused to nearby properties.

Through some excellent work by a couple of our local Police and Community Support Officers, PCSO Parkes and Baker we spoke with the land owner and secured the site and then identified the children involved.

Over a couple of evenings the children were visited by the officers and spoken with in front of their parents. Advice was given and acceptable behaviour contracts were used in some cases to prevent further visits to the site.

Thank you for your continued support

In many of the cases I have mentioned in this blog, we have been greatly assisted by calls from members of the public.

Mansfield is constantly improving and through your support we will continue to make it even safer.

In my next update I would like to talk about the brilliant work that Neighbourhood Watch has been doing and how it intends to develop even further.

Until next time...

In the meantime, thanks for your interest in my blog and don’t forget you can keep up-to-date with the work of your local policing team via Facebook, Twitter and by registering to receive alerts from local officers by email using Nottinghamshire Alert.