It’s been a great first month for officers from the newly formed Rushcliffe Reacher team who have executed 14 property searches, seized three weapons, as well as making seven arrests.
The team has seized two knives and a replica firearm, as well as detaining people for a number of offences including drug possession with intent to supply, burglary, assaults, public order and court offences.
Members of the hugely experienced team have spent countless hours out on proactive patrols engaging with the community to learn more what matters to local residents.
The team can boast more than 100 years of collective policing experience, most of it within Rushcliffe as response officers. They are led by Police Sergeant James Ross who is ably assisted by six Police Constables.
Each officer brings with them an enormous amount of experience and specialist skills to Rushcliffe.
These officers will be assigned a specific area to develop intelligence, problem solve crime issues and to work with the local Beat manager and the local Police Community Support Officer.
PS Ross’ team are based at the West Bridgford Fire Station alongside their neighbourhood colleagues. He said: “We have had a really busy first month on our patch and following engagement with residents and also the local authority, we are focusing on three key issues that the community want us to deal with.
“We’ve already had some decent successes, significant arrests and now working a lot closer with the neighbourhood, response, CID and burglary teams. There certainly is a steady stream of work flow, despite the second lockdown.
“That includes overnight shed burglaries in the norther cluster villages, as well as criminal damage and affray in Cotgrave, as well as reports of drug issues in West Bridgford.
“We’ve also worked on a number of operations including drugs warrants, weapons sweeps, speeding and nuisance bike operations, as well as high visibility community patrols and engagement activities that put a face to policing and reassure the public.
“We have been active in National priority operations targeting drivers without insurance on Rushcliffe roads and are currently engaging in Op Sceptre, the operation to reduce knife violence, all of which is concentrated around Rushcliffe.
“We have recently moved to West Bridgford Fire Station and are all bedded in now and enjoying our new surroundings.
“Our current local priorities for the next few weeks will see burglary, violence offences and acquisitive crime such as theft from vehicles being at the top of our priorities.
“With the current restrictions in place in to deal with Covid-19 some of our engagement work has had to be postponed whilst we help with this response.
“This will include work specifically in Rushcliffe to deal with any breaches of the legislation. Once this changes we will look to continue with our engagement events in a Covid-safe way. However in the meantime you can follow the activities of Op Reacher on our social media pages.”
The Reacher team are deployable quickly and are able to react to live incidents whilst on duty as well as emerging crime trends that come to light from daily intelligence briefings.
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry is delighted with the start for his new officers.
He said: “I’m really pleased how the first month has gone for the new team. We’ve had some excellent results and we’ve been able to engage with the local community, which is what it’s all about.
“We’ve targeted burglars and those dealing drugs, which has resulted in cash, jewellery, drugs and weapons being removed from those committing or trying to profit from crime within our community.
“By adding an extra seven police officers to our neighbourhood teams – it’ve given us additional resources to conduct pre-planned operations to keep our communities safe.
“The new team of officers are working closely with the existing neighbourhood team to tackle criminality in the area and ensuring that we’re responding to the community’s feedback.
“The new officers have bedded well and work well with the existing officers, so it’s a really exciting time for the team. “It’s really important to us as a neighbourhood policing team that we’re focusing our efforts in the areas which matter the most to local people.
“We continue to monitor responses back to our What Matters survey and that is key to our Op Reacher work. We want to tackle and reduce crime that affects your daily lives.
“Residents have told us that neighbourhood nuisance, rowdy behaviour, drug use and dealing, public order and burglary issues matter to you.
“The engagement element is crucial as listening to community concerns, building trusting relationships and acting on information passed to us is what will help cement the Reacher policing model as an effective way to deliver a policing service.
“We will keep you updated on all our work on our social media pages, so keep an eye out for more good news soon.”