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Ashfield Policing Update November 2018

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Hello and welcome to my first blog as the
Ashfield Commander. Two months have now passed since taking the role from my
predecessor and as with any new beginning – there has been a lot to do! I
have been spending a lot of time getting to know the policing team, our
partners, MP’s and many of the local councillors. Thank you to all of them who
have be excellent in their efforts to help me to develop a good understanding
of the policing needs in Ashfield.

What
has been happening?

The Chief Constable and Police Crime Commissioner
attended the ‘State of Ashfield’ debate on 23rd October 2018. This provided a
great opportunity for the locally elected councillors to question the Police
about crime and ASB issues within the district. I was personally delighted at the
collaborative atmosphere of the event and I hope anyone watching found it interesting
and informative.

October saw a series of robberies across the
district in which elderly women were targeted. There were clearly very alarming
crimes. In response I ensured that there were more visible patrols in the area
to reduce the likelihood of further offending whilst we worked closely with our
CID colleagues who have who have identified a suspect and are currently active
in their pursuit of him.

October also saw a firearms discharge in
Sutton. Firearms incidents are rare in our area and again I responded by
increasing visible patrols in the area whilst our CID colleagues investigated
and arrested two suspects. This incident is now known to be an isolated event
and does not present any heightened risk to other members of our community  

A male was stabbed in Hucknall on 28th
October. I am pleased to report that the suspect for this offence has been
detained. Crimes involving knives and sharp weapons are extremely worrying and
dealing with knife crime offenders is very high on our list of priorities and only
this week our specialist knife crime team have been supporting patrols in the Ashfield
district.  I appeal for the community to
continue supporting us by proving information about knife carriers, which will
enable us to deal with offender BEFORE they cause someone serious harm.

I had the privilege of attending the remembrance
day parade in Sutton In Ashfield and laid a wreath on behalf of the force.  Officers from our team attended other parades
across the district and without exception the events were fantastically organised
and as a community we should be proud of the how we all came together peacefully
to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in order to maintain the rights
and freedoms of people at home and abroad.

This week marks the end of a sustained
multi-agency effort to reduce issues within Sutton town centre which relate to
the use of mamba. A number of tactics have been deployed including increased
patrols by the Police and Councils community protection officers, the use of
dispersal orders and community protection warnings, engagement with drug users
by outreach workers, engagement with businesses and charities and targeting
tenants within the area who attract mama users into Sutton. The plan has been
very successful and problems relating to Mamba have significantly reduced. Sutton
town centre now has a dedicated beat officer and two dedicated PCSO’s who can
be seen regularly patrolling the town and will continue to tackle issues around
mamba moving forward.  

What is
happening in the future?

On 3rd December 2018 I will welcome
our district responses officers into the police hub based within the Ashfield
district council officers at Kirkby. These officers have been based at Mansfield
whilst the hub has gone through significant changes to ensure the officers can
be accommodated. This is fantastic news for our district as it means that our
emergency responders will be based more locally again which should improve
response times to member of our community who need our help.

Our neighbourhood policing team has seen a
significant increase in staff recently which has allowed me to re-create
dedicated teams of police officers for areas within the district and I have
recently dedicated a beat manager to the Coxmoor estate in Kirkby, a PCSO dedicated
to working with businesses to reduce shop lifting within Kirkby town centre
(starting from 26/11/18) and a dedicated beat manager to Hucknall town centre (starting
from 7/1/19).

The Coxmoor estate is currently my biggest
concern within the district due to the volume of crime and anti-social
behaviour that is being reported. The coming months will see a sustained effort
between the police and our partners into targeting those individuals who appear
intent on causing miser for the rest of estate. Dealing with these issues are
is top priority.

I am also intent on improving the way that we
police our road network, especially within the rural areas of Selston, Jacksdale
and Underwood. The PCSO’s are working to engage communities to work with us in community
speed watch schemes and we are currently planning a series of ‘fatal four’
operations across the district in the coming months.

I am working really hard to enable my officers
to be more visible in our communities and I have recently spent time on foot patrol
in with them in Sutton, Kirkby and Hucknall  -  please engage with us when you can as we are
always eager to listen to your concerns or even just to have a quick chat.

If you information you want to share with us
to help us tackle crime or anti-social behaviour in our communities, please
call us on 101, or email Ashfield NPT@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and
keep safe

Craig