You said, we did – a round-up of recent activity to tackle local policing priorities in Kettering
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Neighbourhood policing teams across Northamptonshire work with their communities and local partners to identify and agree the policing priorities for the local area, so they can focus on the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that matter most to local people.
These priorities are set up to three times a year and are based on local crime statistics, information from partner agencies and feedback from the community. This information from local people is gathered through a regular local priorities survey where they have the opportunity to tell us about the issues that concern them most in their neighbourhood.
Between August and November this year, the three local priorities set for the Kettering area were road safety, drug dealing and misuse, and burglary.
These priorities have been the focus of much of the neighbourhood team’s work over the last four months and below is an update about some of the work they have been doing to tackle them:
Several speed enforcement patrols were carried in areas highlighted by the community as being areas of concern
Fifty one fixed penalty notices for motoring offences were issued – for offences including speeding and driving without insurance
Officers seized 29 vehicles and two electric scooters in this period relating to motoring offences
Officers supported council colleagues with parking patrols outside local schools, with tickets issued to drivers causing an obstruction or parking illegally
Following information received from the community, officers dealt with 32 drug-related offences and also conducted numerous drug warrants in the area. This includes the dismantling of three cannabis factories located within the town.
To help prevent vulnerable people being exploited by those involved in drug crime, officers carried out regular ‘cuckooing’ checks at the homes of people they believe may be vulnerable.
Officers continued to visit and patrol areas where house burglaries have taken place, supporting vulnerable victims, working with other agencies to give security advice and carrying out increased patrols to help prevent further offences
Over the next four months, from December 2023 to 31 March 2024, the Kettering Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to focus on similar areas. Their priorities will be:
Road safety and road traffic offences
Drug dealing and misuse
Regular feedback from local residents and businesses is really important and those who complete the local priorities survey help our neighbourhood teams better understand what the issues are for local people.