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Safer Neighbourhoods Anniversary: Making a difference every day (Warwick District)
21 November 2007 16:35
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Warwickshire are one year-old today, and both Warwickshire Police and their partners see it as a cause for celebration.
They were introduced in the county on November 21 last year, with Tony McNulty MP, Minister for policing, security and community safety, visiting Camp Hill Primary School for its launch.
Thirty-three Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) have been set up across Warwickshire, each working with their communities and local partners to tackle local issues at a local level.
Warwickshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Bill Holland explains, “The national target is for every police force across England and Wales to have Neighbourhood Policing Teams in place by April 2008.
“Not only are we well ahead of this deadline here in Warwickshire, our Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are firmly embedded in the heart of our local communities and they are working alongside partner agencies to make local neighbourhoods stronger and safer.
“The teams, led by a police sergeant and made up of police officers, police community support officers and special constables, are both visible and accessible and are making a real impact in the communities they serve.
“They have been welcomed by partner agencies and individual members of the public alike, and looking back over the last 12 months, we can really see how they are making a positive difference on a daily basis. Sometimes, for example, this is as a result of working closely with local young people. At others it is through strong enforcement measures, such as when arresting people involved in dealing drugs.”
Each team is ideally placed to identify, agree and influence neighbourhood priorities with their local partners and have tackled a wide range of issues, police related and otherwise, over the course of the last year.
Many of the issues raised have been centred on anti-social behaviour, parking or speeding, and recognising the adverse effect these can have on quality of life, police have listened and taken action at a local level to address such issues.
ACC Holland adds, “The good progress we have made with Safer Neighbourhoods in its first year has been very encouraging. However, there is no room for complacency and we are constantly looking for ways in which we can work more closely with the public.
“We are keen to develop the multi-agency approach further, recognising that together we can achieve still more.
“And we want to create more opportunities for dialogue between individual members of the public, police and partners, encouraging people to play a more active role in the neighbourhood they live or work in.
“It is clear that people feel reassured when they see a uniformed officer or PCSO patrolling locally, especially when they recognise him or her.
“They like knowing who is responsible for policing their neighbourhood and feel an increased sense of confidence in the police because of it.
“We really believe that Safer Neighbourhoods is making a significant difference every day and so would like to remind Warwickshire residents of some of the initiatives and good work that their local SNT has been involved with over the last 12 months."
A summary from Warwickshire District is listed below.
Note that these Safer Neighbourhoods initiatives are available in full, online at www.safer-neighbourhoods.co.uk under the individual team page, and that details for Stratford District, Nuneaton & Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby Boroughs are available in a separate press release for their area, also on Online News.
Combined there are more than 365 initiatives, evidence that Safer Neighbourhoods really are making a difference every single day.
ACC Holland ends, " Every member of every Safer Neighbourhood Team across Warwickshire has been working hard with partners and within communities over the last 12 months to build safer neighbourhoods and I congratulate them on the results they have achieved.
""Police and partners have been sharing an anniversary cake at Camp Hill Primary School today (Wednesday 21 November) to celebrate a year of Safer Neighbourhoods. The scheme was launched at the school on 21 November last year and as these lists from across Warwickshire show, we really are making a difference every day."
School liaison : Detention Order for teenager : Graffiti targeted : Under age drinking initiative : Drugs operation : Nursery school initiative : policing Kenilworth carnival : Police patrol on bikes : Operation Guardian to tackle anti-social behaviour : Mini moto seized : Youth centre opens : Zero tolerance for under age alcohol sales : Partners join police at public meeting : Policing Christmas light switch on : Six arrested for criminal damage : Policing Remembrance Day parades
Graffiti removal : Sergeant awarded for commitment to Safer Neighbourhoods : Walk-in police surgeries :
Prison me no way scheme : Anti-social behaviour initiative : Support for local events such the mop, race days etc : Man charged following drugs raid : Retail security initiative : Significant arrests thanks to community intelligence : Inside Justice week : Crime prevention market stall : CCTV aids arrest
Warwick Rural West
New police post opens : Fundraising car wash for youth shelter : Police surgeries in villages : Police assist with charity road race : Police respond to flood alerts : Stone theft warning : Halloween & Bonfire Night initiative
Neighbourhood Watch scheme promoted : Youth POD project : Student survival packs : Caught in Camera vans to tackle anti-social behaviour :
No trick or treat posters distributed : Firework warnings : PCSO filmed for BBC Politics Show : Anti-social behaviour patrols : Graffiti removal project : School parking issues tackled : Moped confiscated : support for council's SpeedAware campaign : Crackdown on fly tipping
Leamington Town Centre
Robo Cams for local officers : PCSO awarded for commitment to Safer Neighbourhoods : Leamington Spa police station open day : Geared Up project :
Remove it or lose it sat nav campaign : Retail scheme to tackle graffiti : Polycarbonate safety scheme : Decrease in anti-social behaviour : Operation Guardian campaign with Wasted Nights booklets : Pubwatch initiative : Shopping centre police surgeries : retail police base : dispersal order
Local officer awarded for commitment to Safer Neighbourhoods :
Billy Bollard road safety initiative outside schools : Operation to tackle street racers : Electricity meter tampering initiative : Head cam initiative : Graffiti results : Criminal damage arrests : Three arrested for driving offences :
Remove it or lose it sat nav campaign : Speed awareness day : Neighbourhood Watch scheme promoted : Two imprisoned for burglary offences
Officers trained to patrol on bikes : Man arrested in drugs raid : Liaison with local residents association : Crime prevention advice at school fair : Hate crime advice translated into several languages : Neighbourhood Watch scheme promoted in Queensway & Sydenham : Diversity award for work with Sikh community : Traffic calming measures : Fixed penalty notices issued for speeding : Post code stamping scheme for bikes : PACT panel funds patrol bikes : Operation Helston to tackle criminal damage : Operation Beaconsfield to tackle drug misuse : Dispersal order : Confidence patrols at festival : Stranger Danger talks : New NHW co-ordinators appointed in Brunswick & Willes wards : Multi-agency speeding initiative : Clean up operation
NOTE - PLEASE REFER TO THE SEPARATE ANNIVERSARY PRESS RELEASES ON ONLINE NEWS FOR STRATFORD, NORTH WARWICKSHIRE, NUNEATON & BEDWORTH AND RUGBY TO SEE THE FULL 365 SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD INITIATIVES.
PHOTOGRAPH Back row, left to right : Nicola Ferguson NBBC Regeneration Officer, Sergeant Alan Rymell & PCSO Steve Croshaw, Safer Neighbourhoods Front row, left to right : Emma Patrick, Camp Hill Primary School Teacher & School Council Leader, Nuneaton Councillor Dennis Harvey & John-luke Harper, aged 10, from Camp Hill Primary School