Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Bedfordshire.
Communities where Police Now officers have been posted for the last 22-months across the force area have seen 2,651 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the same time period from October 2016 – equivalent to a 49 per cent drop.
Officers on Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme have been working alongside their colleagues within their local neighbourhood teams.
As well as the drop in anti-social behaviour, communities have also seen 626 fewer incidents of shoplifting – a fall of nearly a third (31 per cent). There were 147 fewer incidents of other theft (such as theft by an employee, blackmail and making off without payment) – a fall of 12 per cent – and 130 fewer incidents of theft from a person, equivalent to a fall of more than a quarter (26 per cent).
PC Steven Beer of Bedfordshire Police works in the Community Cohesion team to build confidence in the police and grow relationships with different members of the community. In PC Beer’s first few weeks within the team, the St.Vincent volcano erupted in the Caribbean – many Luton residents have family that live there, so he worked alongside his colleagues and community leaders to help organise and deliver care packages to send to those in need. These packages included non-perishable food like rice and beans, medicine, feminine hygiene products and clothing and shoes for men, women and children. By investing time in supporting his communities, PC Beer built strong relationships between Bedfordshire Police and the community, which in turn can lead to better intelligence gathering and subsequent reductions in crime due to increased trust and engagement.
PC Beer said: “Our role is to monitor and reduce tensions within the community. A more diverse and balanced force has the capability to make initial contact with the community and, with those connections, provide advice and support for individuals. A force that reflects the community it polices will find they are given more intelligence, which will result in a safer community.”
Police Now’s mission is to transform communities by recruiting, developing and inspiring diverse leaders in policing.
Officers on Police Now’s programmes develop skills in leadership and problem-solving. They share a commitment to public service, fighting crime and inspiring social change alongside their colleagues.
Police Now has recruited a total of 1,830 officers across 33 forces in the UK, including Bedfordshire Police, who have partnered with Police Now for the past four years with 27 police constables having joined the force via this route.
Police Now consistently recruits more officers who are women or from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds compared to any other entry route into policing. Police Now recruitment data shows that, nationally, 17% of those joining Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme in 2020 identified as coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and more than half (54 per cent) identified as women.