Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping marked his first year in office with a trip to a ‘Priority Plus’ policing area in Kirkby.
Crime in the area, one of those designated as needing more focused attention, has fallen over recent months, bucking the trend seen elsewhere in the county.
The Commissioner was keen to meet the local policing team and see for himself what is being done to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Overall crime has fallen in Kirkby by 4.12% in the last year,” said Mr Tipping. “And I’m pleased to see that this reduction encompasses fewer burglaries and incidents of domestic abuse.
“I was keen to see what is happening here that isn’t happening elsewhere, so that we can replicate the good results. It was clear that a lot of work, not just by the police, but by many different organisations working coherently together, has delivered the right results. Long may it continue.”
Kirkby Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Clarke said: “The reductions in crime levels that we have seen in Kirkby as a whole and particularly in Kirkby East are the result of a lot of hard work over the last three or four years.
“We’ve taken a multi-pronged approach in the area. Kirkby East is a Partnership Plus area and we’ve worked alongside Ashfield District Council, Ashfield Homes, Catch 22 and other agencies in making sure crimes are dealt with appropriately and offenders are put on appropriate pathways. The beat team have done an excellent job and we’ve really engaged with the community, been proactive about conducting warrants, and these results show that work is paying off.”
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Posted on Monday 18th November 2013