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Week of action for neighbourhood policing teams

From problem solving to building community relations – today marks a week of action to showcase the work of neighbourhood policing teams.

The national Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action highlights the vital work that neighbourhood officers, police community support officers and volunteers do to protect the public and keep your area safe.

From coming up with initiatives that police say have seen anti-social behaviour plummet in areas like Beeston to putting drug dealers behind bars across the county.

The week of action will focus on four key themes which are early intervention, problem-solving, improving trust and confidence and well-being.

There will be a number of events throughout the week which include high-visibility patrols at anti-social behaviour hotspots and targeting speeding motorists.

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There will also be operations to target drug dealers, shoplifters and criminals causing problems for our rural communities.

There will also be plenty of prevention events such as bike marking to keep thieves at bay and visiting local schools to talk about the work we do.

Superintendent Claire Rukas, County Area Commander, said: “This is a great chance for us to shine a light on all the great work that happens across our neighbourhood teams. Our neighbourhood teams are out amongst our communities every single day solving the issues and problems that are affecting our residents.

“Each Neighbourhood Inspector sets a list of priorities based on the concerns highlighted by our communities and comes up with initiatives, operations and events aimed at addressing these problems. They are the backbone of policing.

“This week of action is business as usual for us, but we want to provide the public with a first-hand look at the work that goes on to keep your community safe.”

Chief Inspector Chris Pearson, who is in charge of City Neighbourhood Local Policing, added: “From drugs warrants to take drug dealers off your streets to ensuring roads are safe from lawless motorists, the role of our neighbourhood teams is vast and varied and makes a huge difference to the communities they serve.

“For example, anti-social behaviour can have a massive impact on residents and businesses and if not kept under control can escalate quickly. This week of action will show the work we are doing to address the problems highlighted by our communities in places such as Radford and Hyson Green.

“The week of action will also show how we engage and work closely with our partners to make Nottingham a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry described the importance of neighbourhood policing teams and welcomes the week of action.

She said: “Neighbourhood Policing Teams are a valuable part of a whole spectrum of policing services provided by Nottinghamshire Police.

“They are the officers working in the heart of your community, who have the best local knowledge of the people, locations and issues that are individual to that neighbourhood. Their key skills include teamwork and collaboration with local partners and community members to solve problems and build good relations.

“Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action is a good chance to recognise the important work they do, but also to recognise that they are one piece of a much wider support team at Nottinghamshire Police that works hard every hour of every day to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe.”

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