Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Northamptonshire.
Communities nationwide where Police Now officers have been posted for the last 22-months have seen 38,772 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the same time period from October 2016 – equivalent to a 14 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 14,301 fewer incidents of criminal damage & arson – a fall of 13 per cent. There were 12,460 fewer incidents of burglary – a fall of 16 per cent – and 31,732 fewer incidents of theft, equivalent to a 14 per cent fall.
PC Aimee Holdcroft of Northamptonshire Police has worked across several neighbourhood teams and has focused on tackling drug use and ASB. She has executed drugs warrants and facilitated closure orders at addresses as well as coordinating days of action which led to multiple stop-and-searches where a man was found in possession of cannabis. Several lines of intelligence regarding local drug lines were also gathered which have been used to disrupt drug dealers and users.
On another occasion, PC Holdcroft carried out a warrant in Semilong following reports of suspicious behaviour and the smell of cannabis at a particular property. Over 300 cannabis plants were recovered and a man was arrested at the scene who was later convicted and sentenced to several years in prison.
This ongoing work has increased public confidence in the neighbourhood teams as communities can see that officers are acting on intelligence and working hard to tackle the issues.
PC Holdcroft said: “This kind of work relies heavily on the information that the public and local residents can give us – they are our eyes and ears and as soon as something is reported we do everything we can to see the operation through. This is why it is important that the police represent the area that it looks after – the better suited an officer is to an area, the better understanding they have of the crimes happening in different area and how best to tackle them.”
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 Northamptonshire Police. Chief Constable Nick Adderley have invested in their communities by partnering with Police Now for the past three years, with 16 police 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, nationally, nearly one in five (19 per cent) of those joining Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programmes in 2020/2021 identified as coming from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.