It has been another busy week for the Gedling south neighbourhood policing team, with officers out and about in their communities tackling issues affecting local residents and businesses.
During this week’s activity alone, team members have taken positive action to address various concerns including problem parking, shop theft and antisocial behaviour, speeding and road safety and bicycle theft.
Throughout the whole of this week, Nottinghamshire Police has been shining a spotlight on the work being done by its proactive neighbourhood policing teams day in and day out, working with colleagues, to keep people safe, reduce crime and provide visible reassurance in the communities they serve.
The focus comes as the force has been supporting a national Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action, celebrating the vital work that neighbourhood officers, police community support officers and volunteers do all year round to protect the public and tackle issues that members of the public have said matter most to them.
As part of the week of action, the Gedling south neighbourhood policing team’s activity has included:
On Monday – Officers attended Burton Joyce Primary School following concerns about parked vehicles causing an obstruction in Padley Lane. Police engaged with parents and were on hand to give advice as well as act as a deterrent.
Tuesday – Officers attended the Netherfield Retail Park throughout the day to prevent crime, reassure the public and provide crime prevention advice to shops as part of ongoing work to tackle issues.
Wednesday – A speeding operation was carried out in Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce. Residents gave positive feedback about the police presence. No speeding tickets had to be issued during the proactive road safety operation.
Thursday – Officers attended the Netherfield Retail Park, armed with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, with a view of deterring and identifying drivers who may be involved in criminality. This crime-fighting work included the use of an Operation Reacher car – to help prevent crimes from happening in the first place. Two cars were seized during the operation, no one was arrested. Members of the public were also engaged with and educated about the mobile ANPR technology and its use.
Friday – Preventing bicycle theft was a key theme of the day as officers attended the Richard Herrod Centre in Carlton to offer advice and engage with the public, giving out free bike locks and lights, supplied by Gedling Borough Council, to help improve cyclists’ safety and security.
Temporary Sergeant Dave Jennings said: “As a neighbourhood policing team we always strive to help people and make a positive difference in our communities. We want to make sure people feel safe and reassured and we will continue to work hard together to achieve those goals.”
Inspector Mark Stanley, District Commander for Gedling, added: “The week of action has provided just a snapshot of the neighbourhood policing work we do every day to keep the public safe, cut crime and improve people’s quality of life in areas affected by crime.
“Tackling a range of local issues is very much an ongoing challenge for us and this is something we are constantly working hard on all year round to try and improve the situation and by working closely with our partners to support people and find solutions to problems.
“I’m pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received from members of the public, in recognition of our wider community-focused work, and I’d like to reassure them we will continue to do everything we can to keep them safe and combat criminality in the areas where they live.”