Gedling MP Vernon Coaker was today sent out on patrol with police officers based in the borough to get a better understanding of the challenges and demands placed on the local emergency services.
Mr Coaker spent the day with officers as part of The Give a Day to Policing scheme which is being co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, giving MPs the chance to spend a day during the Parliamentary summer recess to better understand the challenges facing police forces across the UK.
The MP for Gedling started the day in his constituency at 7am by meeting Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Steven O’Neill. He then took part in the response morning briefing before taking a tour of the local partnership hub facilities at Jubilee House, Arnold.
Mr Coaker then met the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Gedling at both of their bases, Jubilee House Arnold and Carlton Ambulance Station. He was shown how officers are now working alongside their council colleagues including the recently Community Safety Scheme Accredited neighbourhood wardens.
He then went on morning patrols with the beat team around some of the local schools and was also shown some antisocial behaviour hot spots, including the site of a proposed new CCTV location in Smithy Crescent, Arnold.
He was then taken to the Gedling Civic Centre at Arnold and shown the knife amnesty bin, one of 13 locations across the county for the amnesty which runs until Sunday (23 September).
Mr Coaker later took part in a planned policing operation organised by Insp O’Neill’s team to try to deter and detect burglary and autocrime offences in the Porchester and Woodthorpe areas.
He was able to see how officers use modern technology in policing and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) in particular to help to focus their patrols on such an operation. Mr Coaker visited the Police front counter at Carlton Fire Station with Insp O’Neill where another knife amnesty bin is being hosted, and then joined response officers on their duties to see some of the fast-paced demands placed on local policing teams.
Mr Coaker said: “It was very interesting to see the day-to-day work of the police and to see first-hand the important and vital work they do every day in our communities.
“They work incredibly hard to keep the people of Gedling safe and it was very clear to see just how committed they are to the communities they serve.
“Despite the Police Force being faced with ongoing budget challenges they continue to do their very best under very difficult circumstances.
“I will continue to press the Government for the funding and resources Nottinghamshire Police need and deserve. I would like to thank Nottinghamshire Police for today and thank them for everything they do.”
Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Steve thought the visit had been a real success.
He said: “We tried to fit in as much as we could to give Mr Coaker a real sense of local policing in Gedling. Policing is not just about seeing officers on the street corner, there is so much more to the role.
“Every day the local response and neighbourhood officers deal with diverse issues including dealing with many immediate incidents where life is at risk and problem solving longer term issues in partnership with other agencies in the area.”