Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the West Mercia.
Communities 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 Cat Hughes of West Mercia Police has been dealing with problems of ASB in her community. She has put together a problem-solving plan and is working with local partner agencies, such as the town council and homeless outreach centre, to find ways to reduce ASB in a way that means a criminal conviction is the least likely outcome, unless it’s entirely necessary. As part of this, a number of community protection warnings have been issued.
PC Hughes recently dealt with a repeat 18-year-old offender, who the force was having daily issues with due to his increasing ASB. After drinking and climbing onto the roof of a shopping centre, PC Hughes issued him with a PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) which meant he had to leave the town centre for 48 hours. Through CCTV monitoring, the force was alerted that he was back in town the following day, so PC Hughes and her PCSO colleague made their way to the area and issued him with a Section 34 Dispersal Notice to prevent further ASB.
PC Hughes said “I worked with the problem-solving hub and got the man issued with a Community Protection Warning, to prevent his ASB heightening into further offences and bad behaviour. Since the explanation and issuing of this warning, there has not been any problems with the man and I hold the belief that this has helped to solve the issue. From working in the role I see how vital and necessary neighbourhood policing is. You gain a better insight into what lasting problems are occurring and work with many other agencies to help solve this.”
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 West Mercia Police. Chief Constable Anthony Bangham has invested in his communities by partnering with Police Now for the past four years, with 26 police constables and 9 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 on Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme in West Mercia in 2020, 17 per cent identified as coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and more than half (58 per cent) identified as women.