Posted: Friday 1st December 2017
Up and down the county, people tell me a similar story. It’s the “nuisance” problems that impact their lives the most. While problems like antisocial behaviour might be minor in the eyes of the law or when compared to headline grabbing violent crime, it’s far from a “little” matter for those people who have to endure it day in and day out.
Some of our communities suffer more than others but I feel very strongly that everybody has the right to a safe and peaceful life, wherever we live. And none of us should expect to encounter such problems or be expected to “live with it”.
One of the issues frequently raised on my travels is illegal off-road biking and nuisance riding. In response to a rising number of complaints, this is one of the problems that I’ve prioritised for the next 12 months and will be working closely with the force to support Operation Incalculability which takes a robust enforcement approach to the matter.
This is one of the many benefits of getting about and about in our county and meeting you; being able to hear first-hand what issues are affecting your enjoyment of Nottinghamshire. My intention remains to provide practical help whether this is pulling together all the agencies involved in tackling a problem, feeding back issues to neighbourhood policing officers so we can step up enforcement or looking strategically at what we can all do in the future to reduce problems.
Last week I unveiled details of my Community Safety Fund 2018/19 alongside Sgt Carl Holland and Sgt Simon Whitehouse at an area known for its problems with nuisance bikes near Annesley Forest.
Sgt Holland heads up Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Incalculability to address problems with illegal off-roading while Sgt Whitehouse is a member of the District Enforcement Team.
I’m very aware of the good work that happens locally to tackle these kinds of community problems. One of the benefits of my fund is to support these efforts and share responsibility for keeping our county safe.
We can all help keep crime at bay by taking a preventative approach. This means giving local groups and organisations the tools they need to run positive and proactive activities that engage people – especially those at risk of offending – in productive work.
Funding can be a serious hurdle for preventative work like this and £250,000, which will be shared collectively among successful organisations, will be a lifeline to many projects.
Our own funding settlement remains unknown at this stage. The Budget was as expected and we await the Home Office’s announcement in December to find out how it will allocate our grant next year and whether it has listened to our concerns about the serious threats posed by underfunding. Like my colleagues nationally, I will continue to fight for a fairer share of Whitehall funding to meet the needs and threats of crime today.
To find out more about my Community Safety Fund have a look at my website http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner