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How policing is targeted to respond to neighbourhood issues

Caroline Henry - Headshot (City)

A neighbourhood policing inspector has spoken of how his team has been tackling top community priorities of shop theft, antisocial behaviour, and road safety.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry visited Inspector Gordon Fenwick at to Broxtowe Police Station to hear how the neighbourhood policing team regularly reviews current issues on an ongoing basis and targets resources to meet the demand across the City West neighbourhood policing area.

As an elected representative, a key part of Commissioner Henry’s role is to hold Nottinghamshire Police to account to ensure the public are getting the best possible policing service.

As part of this, the Commissioner meets regularly with local neighbourhood policing inspectors across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire for updates on their key priorities over the coming period.

Commissioner Henry said: “After speaking with Inspector Fenwick about the issues in the city west policing neighbourhood I found it very interesting to learn that each ward had its own distinct challenges and issues, that are being delt with in a variety of ways.

“I also learnt of the six different mini police forces that have been set up in different schools around the area to educate and spread important safety messages so young people know how to keep themselves safe.

“The collaborative work between police community support officers, beat officers and response officers was fantastic to see, working together as a team to make Notts even safer.”

During the meeting Inspector Fenwick told commissioner Henry that tackling shop thefts was currently a priority in Aspley, Bilborough, and Wollaton.

Educational work has been undertaken in Leen Valley around the ‘fatal four’ – the most common causes of serious road collisions - which include using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, drink and drug-driving and speeding.

Another current priority for the team is cracking down on antisocial behaviour in Basford.

To address these priorities, the team is working to engage with young people to educate them on antisocial behaviour, working alongside the tram operators to ensure that people feel safe whilst travelling into Nottingham city.

This has included uniformed operations to deter youths from committing antisocial behaviour whilst travelling on the tram network.

This has led to a 18% reduction in antisocial behaviour in October with further work planned to increase this in future.

Inspector Fenwick said: “It was fantastic to meet with Commissioner Henry at our station recently to discuss the ongoing work we’re doing to tackle my top three priorities.

“These are reviewed on a monthly basis and are published to the local community so people can see what the police are doing to challenge these priorities that the people are setting.”

Watch the video below to hear from Commissioner Henry and Inspector Fenwick during the most recent visit.

Posted on Monday 20th November 2023
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