Well, it’s almost here! Christmas is almost upon us and as usual, I am sat here wondering where the past 12 months has gone. It’s been a challenging year for me, both on a personal and a professional level, but nevertheless a fulfilling one. I am now looking forward to the next 12 months with great optimism and am hoping that I can continue to build on some of the successes we have enjoyed in the past 8 months in respect of policing in Broxtowe.
Good news stories to begin with; I mentioned in my blog last month that burglary figures in the Eastwood South neighbourhood, specifically Kimberley, had shown an increase, but that I anticipated an arrest to be made in due course. Well, I’m pleased to anounce that the nominal that we suspected of being the source of this increase has since been arrested and charged with a number of offences. I can’t go into details for operational reasons, but his arrest came about via a quite superb piece of police work, which is testament to the quick thinking and dedication of the officers I have under my command. The male subject has been remanded into prison custody, pending trial next year.
Additionally, our most prolific criminal in the Broxtowe South area was also arrested last week. Again, his arrest came about through the tenacity and dogged determination of the Neighbourhoods team at Beeston, who were assisted on this occasion by our colleagues on the Operational Support Division. He has been charged with 9 offences and remanded in custody and is therefore no longer at liberty to continue his prolific level of offending.
In addition to the above, one of our most prolific shoplifters was also arrested in Eastwood and charged with 9 offences including assault on one of my PCSOs. He has since been dealt with at court. Disappointingly, he didn’t receive a custodial sentence, but I can assure you – and him – that he remains on our radar. I am happy to say that the PCSO in question wasn’t seriously injured and returned to work on her next shift with an undiminished desire to make a difference in her community and my most grateful thanks go to her for putting herself in harms way in trying to apprehend our one of our more prolific criminals.
Finally, our activity in the Chilwell area following the recent upsurge in youth-related ASB appears to be paying off again, with reported offences currently down by 47% when compared against this time last month. We will continue to monitor activity on this area in the coming weeks and months to try and make sure it doesn’t spike once more. Once again though, my appeal is that we need to know about offences being committed when they happen – I need the foundation of information and intelligence to support deployment of resources into the area. Some forthcoming changes in the structure of my teams early in the new year (see below) will assist with increased proactive patrolling in the area, which will hopefully further help to deter future upsurges.
Drink Drive Campaign Update
On a more disappointing note is the fact that 30 drivers were arrested in Nottinghamshire in just the first week of this year’s Christmas Drink/Drive campaign. Year on year we give the same salutary warnings – if you drink and then decide to drive, then you can expect to be caught. Drinking and driving kills and we, as a force, will always seek to proactively police this offence. Please follow the advice and if you want a drink, take a taxi, walk or enlist the services of a designated driver – someone you know and can trust not to be sneaking drinks whilst you’re not looking. Christmas should be a time of fun and enjoyment, not one of regret – please ensure that you have no regrets going into the new year. For avoidance of doubt – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!
From Monday 7th January, the shift patterns for the Neighbourhoods teams at Beeston and Eastwood will be changing. This is a force-wide change, implemented to give some corporacy in the hours worked by our NPT officers and PCSOs across the force, but one which will provide some great benefits locally. Essentially, it means that all of the team at Beeston will be on duty at the same time and all of the team at Eastwood will be on at the same time – with both sides working complimentary hours. For example, with a couple of exceptions, where one team is on a day shift, the other will be on afternoons. As local commander, this will give me a bigger pool of officers on duty at any one time when the teams are on duty. This will make it easier for us to proactively target particular issues which may need a greater pool of officers to call upon – for instance, the execution of warrants, town centre policing and proactive ASB patrols. My intention is that this will make us more visible within our communities and enable us to really tackle some of the issues highlighted on the borough, which have hitherto been more difficult to tackle effectively due to my staff being spread very thinly. I will still need to be flexible in where my staff are deployed in response to changes in demand, but the new way of working will hopefully give me more scope around some of the more resource-intensive problems we regularly have to face.
In closing, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all of our communities and my partners across Broxtowe, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous new year. I sincerely hope you all have a fabulous holiday period and enjoy the festivities with your families and friends. To my colleagues and our friends and partners in the other emergency services, tasked with keeping us all safe over the festive period, please stay safe and I hope you all manage to enjoy at least some time with your nearest and dearest.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.