You said, we did – a round-up of recent activity to tackle local policing priorities in Northampton
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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 areas covered by the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team were burglary, road safety and traffic offences, and drug dealing and misuse.
These priorities have been the focus of much of the neighbourhood team’s work over the last four months and Neighbourhood Inspectors Beth Warren and Rodney Williams have provided an update about some of the work the team has been doing to tackle them.
“Burglary continues to be highlighted as an area of concern by local residents and in December, we launched a new operation to increase a police presence and reduce burglary in targeted hotspot areas across Northampton, in particular the eastern district of the town, in response to reported offences.
“These patrols have taken place at various times based on crime data, with officers dedicated to increasing police presence in areas that require reassurance, high visibility and crime prevention. We have also carried out disruption visits to known offenders with a history of burglary. This approach has already shown an impact within NN3 and further disruption work continues.
“The Neighbourhood Team continues to hold community surgeries by visiting areas affected by burglary with the Neighbourhood Beat Bus. Officers are continuing to visit all victims of burglaries to offer further crime prevention advice and signposting for extra support if required.
“The team has also numerous operations across Northampton to tackle poor driving, motoring offences and to make the roads safer. Our activity has been focused on the “fatal four” which includes excess speed, mobile phone use, impairment through drink and drugs, and not wearing a seat belt. These are issues that statistically contribute the most to deaths on the roads.
“We have attended various residents’ association meetings to spread the road safety message, particularly when driving or parking near schools. A letter was distributed to all the schools in Northampton to be shared with parents and carers.
“During December, our officers delivered a road safety input to 230 pupils at Hardingstone Primary School. This covered the green cross code, safe places to cross, staying safe in the car and on bicycles, and the Brackmills BID provided funding of £250 which enabled us to buy a high visibility packs for each child, consisting of a hi-vis band, keyrings and stickers.
“We also carried out speed enforcement activity on Salthouse Road, following concerns having been raised about vehicles driving dangerously and in excess speed in this location. Only one vehicle was identified driving above the limit at 34mph during the time officers were there, and they were given words of advice.
“During this activity an e-scooter was also seized for no insurance. As part of the wider problem-solving around the complaints received on Salthouse Road, we have worked closed with partners such as Highways and the Brackmills BID and funding has been obtained for traffic calming measures to be installed. Operation Snap has also been promoted, which enables people to report driving offences online and uploading and video evidence they have captured.
Drug dealing and misuse
“Drug dealing and misuse was also raised as a concern by people across the town and officer have done a range of activity to tackle this issue. One area of work involves carrying out welfare checks on people we know or suspect to be vulnerable due to drugs.
“Homes of vulnerable people are often used to store and sell drugs by drug dealers, often against the homeowners will. These visits allow us to offer support and advice to help prevent them being targeted by dealers who try to use their homes as a base for illegal activity, and to refer to rehabilitation services if needed.
“Officers have made several arrest following information and intelligence received, preventing criminals from continuing to commit crime. In various locations including Wellingborough Road, Eastfield Park, The Racecourse and Market Square, our aim to deny criminals the ability to deal drugs in public spaces where local residents live or spend leisure time has resulted in a number of people being charged with drug related offences.
“In addition, a drugs warrant carried out in December in Rothersthorpe Road, resulted in the arrest, charge and remand of two suspects after officers located a cannabis factory at the premises.
“The information we get from local people is hugely important and we encourage people to contact us with any information they may have about any suspected drug issues. They can call us on 101, report it online or if they prefer, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Over the next period, from December 2023 to 31 March 2024, the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to focus on these areas. This is based on local crime figures, discussion with local authority and other partners, and feedback from the community through our regular local priorities survey.
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.