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Inspector Craig Hall's blog: November 2018

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This month’s update focuses on community safety around those most vulnerable in the communities, the prevention of antisocial behaviour and crime during this period as we move into the seasons of darker nights.

To reduce the fear of antisocial behaviour and crime during these darker nights our officers will be carrying out structured patrols within the communities of Ashfield. Through engagement, local meetings, reports and intelligence, we will review weekly and patrols, ensuring they are bespoke and relevant to local trends and needs.

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team has increased in size significantly, which allows us to improve our service in supporting the local communities.

Also, work is currently being carried out at the Ashfield District Council Integrated Services Hub to base our response colleagues locally, too.  This will certainly make a positive difference in how Nottinghamshire Police supports the district.

Halloween

Many in our communities find Halloween a scary time for the wrong reasons with unwanted or surprise callers to their door. Many of those who do not wish to participate are the elderly or vulnerable residents.

The general ‘rule of thumb’ is if the house is not decorated with Halloween paraphernalia then please do not knock on the door. 

The Nottinghamshire Police website offers some advice for those participating – and those not wanting to. Our ‘Sorry, no trick or treat’ poster can also be downloaded from our website.

Vulnerability

The Ashfield District Neighbourhood Policing Team work in collaboration daily with many of our partners to identify and support the most vulnerable within the Ashfield area.

Nottinghamshire Police defines a vulnerable person as someone, as a result of their situation or circumstances, that is unable to take care of or protect themselves, or others, from harm or exploitation.

We encourage our officers to know this definition, spot the signs of vulnerability and stop it by taking appropriate action, such as by making a referral to the appropriate authorities. 

We would also ask the community to increase their awareness around vulnerability and report any examples they see by calling 101.

Unless individuals have contact with the police or other agencies directly or indirectly, their vulnerability often goes unnoticed and they suffer in silence.

One way the community can help is to become intergenerational with local engagement, such as ensuring that local community groups and safer neighbourhood committees are attended by all generations. This creates opportunities for improved community cohesion, mutual interests and people getting to know their neighbours which in turn closes the gap in those most vulnerable not suffering in silence.

Our local officers will play their part in attending local meetings, working with our partners and being out in the community engaging locally.

Remembrance Sunday 100th Anniversary

On Sunday 11 November 2018, many communities within the Ashfield area will be getting ready to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

This national event very much supports the theme of intergenerational engagement where all generations will stand together to remember, where the young will learn and the veterans reaffirm their identity and reminisce.

We are proud to report that our local officers, some of whom are coming in on their day off, will be attending at many parades and services within the district, working alongside the Royal British Legion and Mansfield Royal Green Jackets, who have organised the events.