Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Cambridgeshire.
Communities where Police Now officers have been posted for the last 22-months across the force area have seen 4,984 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the same time period from October 2016 – equivalent to a 21 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 2,276 fewer incidents of shoplifting– a fall of nearly a third (32 per cent). There were 1,068 fewer incidents of burglary – a fall of a fifth (20 per cent) – and 966 fewer incidents of bicycle theft, equivalent to a 15 per cent fall.
PC Katie Glass of Cambridgeshire Constabulary noticed an address on her patch that she suspected was being used as a base to deal Class A drugs. She linked a parked car at the property to a suspect and made a warrant application for the address and vehicle. The warrant led to the seizure of thousands of pounds-worth of cocaine and cannabis, thousands in cash and a number of mobile phones. Two suspects were arrested over the find.
PC Glass said: “Although I thought I had a good level of communication skills prior to joining Police Now, I have learnt much more around being empathetic and changing your approach depending on how receptive the person you are speaking with may be. If you can de-escalate a situation via the way you speak to people, this is a far better outcome than the alternative.”
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 Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Chief Constable Nick Dean has invested in his communities by partnering with Police Now for the past four years, with 52 police constables and 12 detective constables joining 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 of those starting the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme in Cambridgeshire in 2020, 18 per cent identified as coming from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background and nearly half (47 per cent) identified as women.