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Praise for police specials team helping to make Gedling borough ‘a safer place to live’

A team of Special Constables have been praised for their ongoing efforts to help make Gedling borough a safer place to live – and they’re out there working again next weekend.

Special Sergeant Ashley Wagstaffe and his team have been working across the borough every weekend so far throughout 2019, creating local engagement initiatives and supporting the Local Policing Team during periods of high demand.

For several weeks throughout January, the team could be found in the Arnold Town Centre area, where they engaged with members of the public, gathered local intelligence and addressed members of the community’s concerns.

In recent weeks, the team have been directly responsible for making numerous arrests for Public Order-related incidents, Anti-social behaviour and those driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

On Friday, February 1, the team of 11 made three arrests for various offences, conducted numerous interviews and successfully located a high risk missing vulnerable person in the Shearing Hill area of Gedling – collectively racking up more than 100 hours.

Special Sergeant Ashley Wagstaffe, who has been working closely with the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Gedling, said: “We’re very keen to help support our full-time colleagues in any way possible.

“The vast majority of people in Gedling take great pride in their local area and so too do we; our ongoing engagement initiatives have proven to be a huge success and the Special Constabulary is committed to help drive forward crime-prevention events, whilst robustly dealing with people who think that it’s acceptable to commit offences across the Borough.”

In 2018, the team saw a number of successful prosecutions for drink-driving offences and in November, they recovered a number of offensive weapons and Class A and B drugs after stopping a 39-year-old Arnold man, who was later convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.

Special Sergeant Wagstaffe added: “We’re very much out and about to engage with law abiding members of the public to ultimately keep them safe, but when we come across criminal activity, or receive intelligence to suggest such, we will work with our full-time colleagues to ensure that positive action is taken.

“I’m very proud to lead a team who are committed to helping make our area safer for everyone.”

The team have also been praised by the force’s file preparation team on numerous occasions for ensuring that their prosecution files fall in line with national standards.

The team will be on duty until the early hours of tomorrow morning, working hard to keep you safe.

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