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Priorities for City Centre

NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE - HATE CRIME

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Date: 
December 2018

A few weeks ago an officer from the community cohesion team when out in the city centre during NTE hours on a fact finding mission around hate crime. She engaged with NTE workers and it was apparent that hate crime is under reported as any verbal abuse is generally not reported, only when it escalates to violence that hate crime/incidents are reported.

This has been raised as a priority due to the clear concerns from the local community and to give the local community the confidence to report hate crime/incidents

Hate crime is prevelant particularly during the night time economy period. Those more vulnerable to hate crime are night time economy workers; door staff, taxi drivers, restaurant/takeaway businesses etc

Together with community cohesion and Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime Officers a City Centre bespoke hate crime stratagy will be developed to empower people to report any form of hate incident/crime. Working with local businesess we want to give them the confidence to report such incidents to the police. Equally, we need to educate people that hate crime will not be tolerated in the City Centre and this will be achieved through a communications campaign.

We have also identified an engagement gap with the Chinese community. Several of our venues in the City Centre are chinese restaurants and there is currently a lack of understanding of their issues.

The neighbourhood policing team with a community cohesion co ordinator will develop engagement opportunities with the chinese communities to better understand the issues affecting them and to give them the confidence to report issues to the police.

The City centre neighbourhood policing team will keep you updated on developments.

OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE

I have met with Community Cohesion, and the Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime officer and agreed on our objectives:

Increase reporting by developing confidence in the Police.

Support victims of Hate Crime/Incident

Prevent Hate Crime/Incident

Better understand Hate Crime/Incidents

During the meeting we agreed on the following:

Early engagement with the BID ( Business Improvement District) to establish how they can help with achieving the objectives.

 To kick start a communications campaign  supported by licensed venues to demonstrate their commitment to "no tolerance to hate crime"

To set up a LGBT focus group to better understand their issues and how best we can support them.

We will be meeting up with the Taxi Unions to listen to their concerns and encourage them to report hate crime/incident.

To forge better links with the Chinese community. There is an engagement event on 20th November at the Chinese Community Centre on Mansfield Road so will update on how we get on with that. We will also engage with  Chinese students to understand the challenges they face and how we can help.

Together with community cohesion
and Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime Officers a City Centre bespoke hate crime
stratagy will be developed to empower people to report any form of hate
incident/crime. Working with local businesess we want to give them the
confidence to report such incidents to the police. Equally, we need to educate
people that hate crime will not be tolerated in the City Centre and this will
be achieved through a communications campaign.

NOV 18 UPDATE:

We are working closely with the Community Cohesion team to reach out to different communities to encourage them to report hate crime. As part of our hate crime strategy, earlier this month PC Phoebe Lau and Gurmit Kaur attended the Chinese community group on Mansfield road to speak to the local community about all sorts of issues. This was very well recieved  and we hope to make this a regular engagement event. 

Earlier this month we had a successful meeting with the Business Improvement district who have agreed to apply for Government funding to tackle hate crime in the City Centre. I will let you know how we get on with this.  

We have developed good links with Nottingham College who is host to a diverse community. We hope to educate students about hate crime aswell as other 21st Century issues.!!

All officers are aware of the importance to tackle hate crime so please be reassured we take such incidents very seriously.

During the Christmas period there will be increased police  patrols in the City Centre so please be reassured and come and enjoy what the City Centre has to offer.

DEC18 UPDATE:

Officers continue to prioritise hate crime to ensure we provide the best possible service. Nottingham Hate Incident Performance panel ( NHIPP) meet once a month to review all hate crime/incidents in the City. City Centres performance in terms of response to hate crimes is really good which shows officers understand the importance of hate crime/ incidents. The focus will continue and some new initiatives will be introduced in the new year to ensure the City Centre is no place for hate.

NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE - DRUGS (Dealing and abuse) St Peters Square

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Date: 
December 2018

Drugs (dealing and abuse)
St Peters Square

This priority relates to the use of Mamba in and around St Peters Square. There is a notable presence of Mamba users in this space because of the close proximity of a telephone kiosk where deals can be arranged and this area is not easily accessible to police vehicles. There is a needle exchange venue nearby, so conveniant for Mamba users.  The local Church provides a soup kitchen every Wednesday which encourages Mamba users to congregate in the local area.

Concerns have been raised by local businesses and residents around St Peters Square as it is having an  impact on their quality of life.

Positive Policing measures have taken place in the form of both overt and covert patrols in the area and a number of dealers and users have been arrested. However, we are currently working towards a more holistic approach which involves a partnership approach with
Council, BID (Business Improvement District), Probation, mental healh, housing providers and out reach programmes.

We are engaged with the local church to ensure they are able to provide their charitable service without impacting on the quality of life of people working, living and visiting Nottingham City Centre.

There will be a noticeable increase in police presence and we will keep you posted on how this initative is developing.

OCTOBER UPDATE 2018

As of today there will be daily police presence at St Peters Square  when the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team is on duty. You will see us set up a gazebo and CCTV  to take back the ground from drug user and dealers. Please feel free to approach and engage in conversation. This will send a strong message to mamba users/dealers that this behaviour will no longer be tolerated. This will deter offences and reassure members of the public and local businesses. I have also assigned a new Sgt to the team to identify proactive enforcement  to ensure we take the dealers off the streets. 1st of Nov is the first day of the initiative and I will keep you updated.  There will be a partnership meeting towards the end of November where we will discuss our finding and interventions.

NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE

The Police marquee has been deployed for about 4 weeks and local businesses have reported an improvement around St Peters Square. Officers have enjoyed engaging with you  all and are looking forward to continuing with this initiative. The purpose of the marquee is to reassure the local community and to prevent offences. There is no doubt that mamba user have been displaced and will seek to target a different area in the City Centre. We will be there to meet and greet!!

Through early morning patrols we have arrested a number of mamba user and dealers, improving our intelligence picture of the issue. We have formed a new proactive City Centre team who will target all forms of criminality and ASB. The make up of the team is a combination of response and neighbourhood officers with a Sergeant at the helm. Experienced officers with good knowledge of the Cty Centre will make a difference. I look forward to reporting the results in due course.

DEC 18 UPDATE:

I recently conducted a walk around  St Peters Street  and spoke to the local vicar and businesses in the area. I am pleased to say that things have improved. Businesses are reporting a significant improvement with no one "zombied out" and a reduction of Anti Social Behaviour. There is no doubt that  drug activity has been displaced and with the introduction of our new proactive team, they are targetting the areas where drug users  /dealers are frequenting. I would like to thank the local community for their support and reassure you that our focus will continue to ensure Nottm City Centre is a safe place to live, work and visit. I believe the St Peters Street area needs to be monitored for a while longer to ensure dealers /users don't return. 

Operation Guardian has been in full swing during December with 3 seperate days of action. During the post recent operation four persons were arrested; three for possessing drugs with intent to supply and one for being in possession of a knife in a public place. These operations will continue throughout 2019 and no doubt continue to yield some really good results.