Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Merseyside.
Communities where Police Now officers have been posted for the last 22-months across the force area have seen 8,726 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the same time period from October 2016 – equivalent to a 27 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 2,520 fewer incidents of burglary – a fall of nearly a third (29 per cent). There were 2,032 fewer incidents of criminal damage & arson – a fall of 16 per cent – and 1,303 fewer incidents of shoplifting, equivalent to a 22 per cent fall.
Police Sergeant Rebecca Hodgson helped launch an initiative to tackle a number of robberies in Liverpool city centre.
Operation Miami was a collaborative approach between local policing teams, CID and partner agencies including shopping centre security. A combination of plain clothes officers and high visibility policing tactics were used to identify offenders. A number of warrants were obtained to recover property and several arrests were made. So far, seven suspects have been charged with a number of robbery offences.
She said: “Serving the community on a personal level as someone who the community can relate to helps build up a rapport and takes a personable approach to policing.”
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 Merseyside Police where 15 police constables have 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. Of those starting on Police Now’s programmes in Merseyside in 2018, 17 per cent of the Police Now recruits identify as coming from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.