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More police officers to help tackle issues blighting Gedling community

Two additional police constables and two more police community support officers will be on patrol in the Arnold area later this month, providing an increased visible presence.

The additional officers will bolster the neighbourhood policing team’s ranks and its ongoing proactive work with partners to reduce crime and make the Gedling borough an even safer place to live, work and visit.

The new neighbourhood policing inspector for the Gedling borough, Chris Jury, has quickly set his sights on continuing to crack down on drug supply, antisocial behaviour and shop theft as current policing priorities.

Inspector Jury, whose area covers Arnold, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Calverton, Gedling, Netherfield and Ravenshead, joined Nottinghamshire Police in 1999 and is back on familiar turf having previously worked in Gedling as a response officer.

The father-of-three initially worked in The Meadows before moving to Rushcliffe, where he learned his trade, going on to tutor five other police constables whilst there, before working his way up the ranks.

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He has formerly worked on several response teams in the Rushcliffe borough and served on the prisoner handling team at Carlton Police Station, where he also set up the first case building unit within Nottinghamshire Police.

From 2010-13 Inspector Jury supervised the Rushcliffe south beat team. Working with other partners, that team’s work in reducing both crime and antisocial behaviour in the Cotgrave area achieved second place in the national Tilley Awards in 2012 – an award scheme set up by the Home Office to celebrate projects that have successfully resolved issues faced by the police, partners or the community.

The experienced officer went on to work as a response sergeant at a variety of stations for seven years, before returning to the Rushcliffe south neighbourhood team last year.

On passing his inspector’s exam this year, Inspector Jury jumped at the chance to return to Gedling as neighbourhood policing inspector.

He has taken over the reins from former neighbourhood policing Inspector Chris Pearson who has now moved to the city as a Chief Inspector in neighbourhoods after three years in Gedling.

Inspector Jury said: “I’m thrilled to be back at Gedling and am excited by the challenges ahead on the area.

“I have served on and supervised some excellent teams and worked with some fantastic people both inside and outside Nottinghamshire Police over the past 22 years and look forward to continuing that in my new role.

“It’s a demanding role but I’m not afraid of hard work and I am looking forward to working closely with councillors and local residents to make Gedling an even better place to live, work and spend time.

“I’d like to reassure residents that the police and our partners are all working collectively and pushing in the same direction to reduce crime and address issues reported to us.

“It’s one big team effort and we are constantly looking at what we can do to prevent crime and protect the public. There’s a lot of proactive work going on in the background as part of a long-term strategy to take positive action to tackle issues causing a real blight on our communities.

“To help us reduce crime we need people to report issues to us so we can then investigate, build a clear picture of what’s happening and where and then determine where we need to target our resources to help people and prevent further incidents from occurring.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in their area is advised to report it immediately by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  If an incident is in progress call 999.

Young people can also pass on information about crime completely anonymously, using a secure online form, through the youth service Fearless – which is a part of Crimestoppers.

The Fearless website offers young people non-judgemental advice so they can make informed decisions about reporting crime. The service also engages with and educates young people about the consequences of their choices around crime.

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