It has been announced that Mansfield is to have four additional police officers, two of which will be based in the town centre.
The increase is predominantly funded by PCC Paddy Tipping’s budget for this year and both the PCC and the Chief Constable Craig Guildford are pleased that Mansfield District Council has agreed to fund one of the extra posts.
This is all part of the uplift in police numbers across the county and the city, as the PCC and Chief Constable strive to increase police visibility and tackle the challenges posed by increasingly complex criminality.
Paddy Tipping said: “Nottinghamshire Police are recruiting faster than almost anywhere else in the country. This year our establishment will increase by an extra 40 officers. Most of these officers will work in neighbourhoods.
“Mansfield will benefit from three new neighbourhood officers and I’m delighted that the Mayor has agreed to fund a further neighbourhood officer.
“I was in Mansfield Market Place just last week and know residents want to see a greater police presence there. Close working with the Council means that the town centre will have two officers on patrol. What’s more, we will continue to work with the Council to ensure that their wardens and the police work even more closely together.
“At the end of the day we all want Mansfield town centre to be a thriving and safe place.”
Chief Constable Craig Guildford added: "I enjoyed meeting the Mayor and was pleased to provide an additional officer at their expense to work exclusively in Mansfield Town Centre. I also look forward to helping the Council develop the capabilities of their local wardens."
Last week the PCC met with local councillors on a walkabout in the town. During the visit he met local residents including members of the community with experience of working with young people at risk of offending and those with complex needs. They discussed the need for more coordination and joint working among the services which could help to tackle these issues.
Afterwards Paddy Tipping said: “Experience shows us that joining forces with our voluntary, statutory and community partners can make all the difference to young people’s lives and ensures the social, cultural and economic issues that increase the risk of crime are effectively managed.”
He went on to explain: “Our neighbourhood policing officers in Mansfield have already been working closely with partners to utilise all the legislation available to them and latest figures show this has led to a 3.3% reduction in antisocial behaviour in Mansfield between April 1 and June 26. There is of course much more work to do and we will continue to identify areas where we can better work together to make a difference.”
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Posted on Thursday 8th August 2019