Impact and Insights Report 2020/21
VISIBLE IMPACT IN COMMUNITIES AND POLICING
Police Constable Paige Holloway,
National Graduate Leadership Programme Participant, Derbyshire Constabulary.
I contacted the Detective Sergeant on the Tactical Crime Team for support on how to run a higher-level investigation within the neighbourhood team in order to ensure I was able to efficiently pursue the identified nominals through the use of new investigative techniques and tactics.
The investigation identified an extensive cocaine market which highlighted the requirement for the provision of additional support for drug users in the community. I was able to identify the primary age range that drug users began using illegal drugs which allowed me to initiate the commission of more preventative work, in addition to work which supports current drug users.
My operation led to the execution of five simultaneous warrants involving over 100 police officers and the charge of ten individuals. As a result of the operation, a targeted Crimestoppers campaign was funded which has led to an increase in intelligence regarding drugs and trafficking. Calls for service have also decreased and we have received positive community feedback.
I have also maintained a positive working relationship with the Tactical Crime Team Detective Sergeant and have been able to share my learnings with colleagues, by assisting with their separate enquiries and investigation plans into drug supply.
Additionally, this operation has led to my secondment to a new team which targets criminality that poses a high risk of harm to the community. Through this opportunity, I will be able to share my experience with officers from other areas of the constabulary as well as advance my personal development through continued work under the supervision of a Detective Sergeant.
Police Constable Sami Halepota,
National Graduate Leadership Programme Participant, Surrey Police.
Winner of the Tilley Award: Police Now and Student Officers Category 2021.
It became clear that what had initially appeared to be low level anti-social behaviour and drug use on the estate was actually the visible tip of a much larger underlying problem involving Child Criminal Exploitation. The high risk involved had not previously been flagged on police systems for reasons including: a distinct lack of reporting and confidence in the police among the local community, poor evidence and isolated anti-social behaviour incidents being classed as “low risk”. As a result, I was motivated to address the root cause of the issue.
We are no longer receiving reports of harassment and no further significant concerns have been raised to the police or Children’s Services. Through the joint work of all involved, relationships have been built between the community and partners and we have open communication channels for ongoing support.
Additionally, there has been nearly a 50% reduction in overall anti-social behaviour on the estate, compared with a 5% reduction in the surrounding town.
Lastly, to ensure sustained impact, there are civil orders in place for key offenders and set policies and procedures prepared with partner agencies. This means that should the youth or the criminal peer groups come to attention again, police action will be much more effective and efficient.
Police Constable Maria Redgwell,
National Graduate Leadership Programme Participant, Kent Police.
To build on the success of this work, discussions are ongoing with Dover District Council about long-term solutions such as the utilisation of noise barriers in the form of tree-lines, and the development of an off-road motorbike circuit to provide those with a passion for the sport a safe and legal way to enjoy this, away from residential areas.
This work was featured in articles by Motorcycle News, one of the largest news sources in the world for biking, as well as Kent Online2. and the Hawkinge Gazette which highlighted our multi- agency response and results to national and international audiences. The coverage of this work has been positively recognised by those who use motorbikes legally and legitimately, as well as by our local communities.