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Policing Priorities: October - December 2021

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October 2021

Local Policing Priorities October - December 2021

Broxtowe’s local policing priorities have been reviewed during October, following the established Local Policing Priority setting process:  Our policing priorities for October – December 2021 have once again been agreed as follows;

Priorities Agreed for October – December 2021 (inclusive) as:

Operation LARKSPUR (Stapleford)

This operation has been in existence since August 2020 and was set-up to pro-actively target ASB, violence and criminality, including the local drug trade in Stapleford, following an increase in these types of incidents coming out of the first national Covid lockdown. 

Focussed on the town centre and the open spaces including Hickings Lane recreation Ground, Queen Elizabeth Park and Archer’s Field, the operation has seen additional patrols in place. This is, along with Operation HADAR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

The operation has had some good success since its inception, however, the shooting on Hickings Lane Park in November 2020 and the tragic murder of 16 year old Joe Whitchurch on Boxing Day, mean that this operation is now very much in focus and raised in priority for us. Op Larkspur will entail high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Operation HADAR (Eastwood)

This is an operation set-up to pro-actively manage any vacuum created by the enforcement of Operation BOODLES in November 2020, which effectively dismantled an OCG operating out of Eastwood and controlling the lucrative local drugs trade. 

We have identified that there are now gaps in the local drug market which will undoubtedly be attractive for other dealers to try and fill. Op HADAR is designed to identify these gaps, identify rival suppliers and prevent them getting a foothold in Eastwood and thereby preventing associated violent and acquisitive crime.  This is, along with Operation LARKSPUR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

Op HADAR entails high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Burglary of people’s homes

This will always be a policing priority for Broxtowe Neighbourhood Policing Area. The impact on victims drives this as a priority. We have made some good in roads in the past 2 years into burglary on the borough and CAP data is currently showing excellent, sustained reductions.  

It is acknowledged that the Coronavirus pandemic (and the ‘lockdown’ periods in particular) has had a significant impact on the levels of burglary reported to us. However, to maintain current downward trends, we will keep burglary at the forefront of our policing activity. I’m really pleased to see that even after society has opened up again and people are now beginning to become more mobile and away from their homes on a daily basis and during the evening, that burglary rates are still coming down. 

We will continue to work closely with our partners at Broxtowe Borough council to further prevent instances of burglary.  We also continue to work closely with internal partners in the County Burglary Team in targeting known and prolific offenders.

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease in Broxtowe.  The table below shows the burglary data for Broxtowe for this current fiscal year to date, compared against both 2020 and 2019 (pre-Covid)  As you can see this makes excellent reading and is testament to the hard work undertaken by officers at Broxtowe and our internal partners in the County Burglary team

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