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Inspector James Walker's Blog - November 2018

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It has been 6 months since I started the role as Neighbourhood policing Inspector for the City South and the time has flown by!!

There have been some real challenges during these 6 months but I have been continually impressed with the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm I have seen from the both the officers and our partners working in, and for, the area.

In times of austerity policing has had to adapt and one area where we have looked to improve on the City South is by greater use of Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter. If you want to keep up with what our officers are doing and the events they are involved in please give us a like a Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Following a period of recruitment we have several new and not so new additions to the team. Pc Mason who was previously a PCSO successfully completed her ten week period and has been patrolling the streets Sneinton for weeks now. Pc Readman who is new to the force has just completed her 10 tutorship and Pc Nathan Tyers has recently landed at Clifton and is currently being tutored.

The new role of schools officer commenced in September and we welcomed Pc Bulloch to the City South Neighbourhood Team. Pc Bulloch looks after all the secondary schools in the area including the Nottingham Academy and Farnborough Academy and his role involves delivering inputs at school, supporting safeguarding and dealing with minor incidents occurring at the school.

In order to tackle knife crime and the risk of serious violence Nottinghamshire Police conducted Operation Sceptre from Monday the 17th of September to Sunday the 23rd September. Operation Sceptre included:

-  A knife amnesty - unwanted knives could be deposited in large secure bins located around the force area.

- Open area searches - searches of selected open areas were conducted to locate any potential discarded or secreted knives.

- Test Purchases – shops were visited and attempts were made by underage persons to buy knives.

- School presentations – inputs were given in schools educating our young people around the dangers of knives and knife crime.

Across the Force area 418 knives were handed in, 1500 pupils received the knife crime input (over a two week period) and five shops were dealt with for failing the test purchase.The team are always keen to support local events and enjoy engaging with our communities and we have recently been to some brilliant events including:- Jumpers for goal posts, some good skills on show – at Clifton

- The Jobs Fair and Week of Action, opportunities not to be missed – St Anns

- Bluebell Hill Fireworks, stunning display – St Anns

- Diwali celebration, fireworks and delicious food – St Anns

- Visit of Jamaican High Commissioner at the ACNA Centre - St Anns

- The Centenary Event where the restored memorial was unveiled at the Valley Centre.

If you would any further information or have any questions regarding your area please contact your local Neighbourhood Team.