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Local Policing Priorities January to March

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Date: 
January 2022

Before I set out the first set of priorities for 2022, I will give you an update on progress made with the previous priorities.

Anti-social Behaviour – I am very much aware that this issue affects residents across the Newark & Sherwood area, and so each beat manager is expected to understand the issues on their beat and create a problem solving plan. Pc Lydia Day & PCSO Jo Groom recently implemented Op Sunlit in Hawtonville, working with NSDC to issue 16 Anti-social behaviour contracts to youths who had been intent on causing issues. This has had a really positive effect and it is an operation I intend to see rolled out area wide. We have also had some positive news for Boughton, with the issuing of civil injunctions and arrests and charges of individuals who were creating fear amongst the residents. Keep an eye on our social media for updates on the progress of those investigations.

Nuisance Vehicles – Operation Reacher have taken this on as a focus for their proactive work. In the last couple of months they have run a joint operation with the Road Policing Unit, as well as working alongside the Community Speed Watch Group for Little Carlton & Kirton to support them in their efforts. We continue to run regular off road bike operations, and this will continue as part of our daily business.

Drugs – We are now several months into Op Legacy, which is our proactive drugs operation aimed at tackling localised drug dealing. I am really pleased with the progress so far as the amount of information and intelligence we are getting has dramatically increased. We are now moving to the enforcement stages, and I look forward to sharing the results of this in the coming months.
Moving on to the next set of priorities…

1) ASB – This continues to be an unfortunate on going issue. It very much forms part of daily business across the area, however there are always spikes in offending I am really keen that as a team we are equipped to quickly and effectively respond to specific problems. With that in mind, we are receiving reports of ASB in Newark Town Centre, with groups of youths causing issues for retailers and residents. We also continue to get reports of issues around Lidl in Balderton. Both of these will be areas of our initial focus, but if you are experiencing issues please let us know so we can act.

2) Drugs – I have previously made it clear that it is my belief that drugs is something that affects everyone by virtue of the impact on society. Thefts, burglaries, anti-social behaviour, violence both in public and in the home, are often linked to drug use or supply. Op Legacy will be continuing and as a team we are focused on making significant impact on this issue in order to make Newark & Sherwood safer.

3) Rural Crime – The Rural Crime plan has now been unveiled, and the force response to this issue will be embedded in Neighbourhood Policing through the creation of the Rural Crime Beat Manager Cohort. There is a lot of work ongoing to upskill and educate these officers so we can serve the rural community more effectively. I will be looking at the problems that are specific to Newark & Sherwood, and focusing on problem-solving and engaging with the community.