Gedling Borough residents question crime commissioner and police chiefs in online forum

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Residents of the Borough of Gedling had the opportunity to question the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and local police chiefs last night (October 7) in a public meeting online.

Residents were invited to submit questions and comments ahead of the meeting hosted by Caroline Henry, Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

She was joined by a panel including Gedling MP Tom Randall and Gedling Neighborhood Police Inspector Chris Pearson during the session, which lasted for an hour.

The first question posed to the panel was from Mohammad de Woodthorpe.

He asked, “We never see cops where I live. If you call, they take a long time to come or they don’t come. What’s up with more cops? “

Commissioner Henry was the first to respond.

She said: “We had more cops. There is more to do. We want more visible front-line policing and we want you to be sure that when you call you will get an answer. I will continue to push for more police for you.

Inspector Pearson revealed that the Gedling Ward Police Team recruited around 10 officers over the past two years.

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“We won a sergeant and six PCs in my proactive team,” he revealed.

“We are really starting to see the benefits of additional agents locally.

“Regarding visibility, we were fortunate to receive new means of transport in Gedling, such as electric bikes funded through our partnership, which also increased the accessibility and visibility of our team.

“I really think we’re going in the right direction now with the officer numbers. We also have a new beat manager for the Calverton area who has joined our team in recent weeks, so it’s going in the right direction for sure.

Pictured: PCC Caroline Henry (PHOTO: LDR Service)

Gary to Arnold complained about the noise and the problems caused by the young people in the city.

He said, “They hang around causing trouble and make people feel unsafe. “

Gary asked the panel, “What’s the plan because I never see the police to deal with it?” “

Commissioner Henry replied: “The police are there, but in reality Antisocial Behavior (ASB) is a very common approach with Gedling District Council and City Council.

“The ASB is actually the top priority for the neighborhood police team in the district of Gedling and they work with the council and wider partners such as the youth service, who carry out seconded youth work to reduce ASB reports.

“There has been a particular emphasis on open spaces and parks and the police team has increased patrols. Colleagues at Operation Reacher have worked to reduce these BSA issues.

“Officers also conduct high-visibility patrols and organize targeted days of action.

“The neighborhood team is also supported by plainclothes officers, so officers may be there, but you don’t realize it, but they keep an eye on what’s going on.”

The panel learned that the Gedling Borough Council recently recalled that CCTV is in use in major hot spots in Gedling Borough.

Inspector Pearson revealed rural villages suffered from high levels of anti-social behavior following the easing of lockdown restrictions

He said Ravenshead had been one of the areas in the borough that had suffered the greatest impact, but proactive police work was underway to reduce incidents.

Pearson said: “We received a report that damage had been done to one of the residents’ gardens. I believe it was plants and flowers that had been damaged.

“We were actually successful in locating the offenders for this offense who then participated in a litter pickup in the community. We took this approach because I’m a huge fan of the outcome of community resolution or restorative justice, as most people probably know. It gives people the chance to learn from their mistakes and we wanted to do this on this special occasion to promote some ownership in the community and make young people understand that their behavior is not acceptable.

Manjit in Netherfield asked the panel how they are going to tackle drug trafficking issues in the city.

He said, “I’m worried about my family and want to see these people treated, so what do you do about it?”

Inspector Pearson said the fight against the drug supply had become a priority in the borough of Gedling.

He said: “Since the Operation Reacher team started with us, we have focused on two main areas in the Gedling district. The first being Netherfield, under the banner of Operation Thistle, then in the Arnold neighborhood where we unfortunately saw serious violence in the Front Street neighborhood that we believe to be due to the use and supply of drugs. controlled.

Pearson revealed that the Neighborhood Police team and Operation Reacher executed 57 magistrate’s arrest warrants for drug supply offenses and made 160 separate seizures of controlled drugs in the borough and removed 275,000 £ suspected criminal money from circulation.

Inspector Pearson added: “There is often a view that we do not act on the basis of reported intelligence. It can sometimes take several weeks and months to reach the standard we need to get a warrant in court. Please continue to share your concerns with us. We want to hear from you and get this information so that over time we develop it and take enforcement action.

You can watch the entire “Give your opinion” session HERE

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