Inspector Chris Pearson is responsible for Gedling’s neighbourhood policing team. His officers help uphold the law across the entire borough. Here he provides an update on policing activities in the area…
Firstly I have been informed that an extra three police officers will shortly be joining the neighbourhood team at Gedling and along with the Special Constables and PCSOs that work across the area I hope that this
will make a real difference. I’m hoping to see the new officers arrive in the next few months.
We will be having a real focus on this issue in Gedling. We will be carrying out a number of additional policing activities such as high visibility patrols and targeted work around some of our known offenders. We will also be visiting some of our local academies and primary schools to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.
I have also placed orders this for knife detecting wands and arches and I’m hoping that these will make a
difference across the Gedling borough.
Burglary and autocrime continue to be a priority for us. We have seen reductions in overall burglary and autocrime offences in the last year however we want to reduce this further over the coming weeks and months.
We have continued to receive reports of individuals trying car and house doors in the early hours of the morning and we have made arrests following these incidents after the suspects were identified.
Arrests have also been made following garage/shed breaks in the Netherfield, Colwick and Gedling areas. Officers from neighbourhood policing and response have been involved in high visibility patrols
and the arrests of suspects.
A joint ANPR operation has also taken place with colleagues from the City area known as ‘Operation Reacher’ and a male wanted for an aggravated burglary was arrested following the stop of a vehicle. We hope to repeat this work over the coming weeks.
I’d continue to ask that you ensure that vehicles and property are secure at night and use alarms/ appropriate lighting to deter offenders. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
Please ensure that vehicles are left locked and keys away from doors/letter boxes etc. We have seen vehicles taken whilst running on driveways so please ensure that you switch off the ignition and remove keys even if you are only leaving your vehicle for a few minutes. I’d also point out that vehicles with keyless
entry have been targeted across the Country and advice is available online as to how to prevent the theft of vehicles with keyless entry.
Recently our response officers made an excellent arrest following a burglary on Arnold Lane whereby a motorbike and cycles were stolen. Following reports from the public we were able to identify a van involved in which a male was arrested following a short pursuit. The investigation is still ongoing. This was followed up by a number of arrests by operational support colleagues who sighted a stolen vehicle.
Our Special Constables have also been helping with patrolling Gedling on a Friday and Saturday evening. A team of around ten volunteers have been paying attention to Anti-social behaviour and criminal damage which we are determined to reduce. On the subject of our Special Constables I’d like to say thank you to our volunteers who give so much to the local community. They balance policing along with full time careers, studies, families etc and their commitment is really appreciated.
The Gedling neighbourhood team have also been involved in some excellent proactive work over the last month. Firstly they searched two addresses in Arnold following community intelligence. Drugs
and cash were seized and an arrest made. Two vehicles have also been stopped in Gedling Borough following proactive work and drugs, cash and a weapon have been seized.
On another note I have been involved in discussions around community engagement and I hope to increase the opportunities available for you to meet local Beat Managers and Community Support officers in order to get advice or discuss concerns. Some of these events will be in the evenings.
I recently met with residents in Ravenshead to discuss speeding and road safety. We are looking to support
community road safety schemes which are operated by volunteers and we will be working with colleagues from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue to provide advice around road safety.
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