Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Hampshire.
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 Kate Hollis of Hampshire Constabulary faced the challenge of dealing with groups of young people “tombstoning” – jumping into the sea and putting themselves at serious risk – from the old city walls, known locally as the Hotwalls. She made the issue a district priority and analysed the times and places anti-social behaviour was most likely to take place. She also successfully applied for Home Office funding to bring in Mutual Gain, a social enterprise which brought together businesses and the community to help solve the issue.
She said: “When the public see the police and it is a true reflection of themselves and their communities it empowers victims of crime and anti-social behaviour to come forward and report incidents. As a knock-on effect, police are better able to understand their communities and so tackle the issues which are most important to 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 Hampshire Constabulary. Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney has invested in her communities by partnering with Police Now for the past four years, with 10 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. Recruitment data shows that of those starting on Police Now’s National Detective Programme in Hampshire in 2021, 17% identified as coming from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and 75% identified as women.