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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Peterborough Police Community Report and our considered comment

PRROTRIB SAYS: This really didn't start off as a rant but the comments of clearly self-satisfied Cllr Lane below, suggest we take another look at what is really happening in our neighbourhoods. 

  Sadly still very little visible police activity in South Peterborough, Stanground, Park Farm Cardea, and Fletton, compared with the grotty areas of the City continually mopping up, they say, slender resources. By their own admission with marginal effect. And if you have been listening to the Budget Speech you'll know that further substantial budget cuts in the overall police spend are already on the way. Central buying is one of the ideas...  
If you read Inspector Kate Firmins'  retrospective community report below - and we would never for a moment  - suggest police have responded to sustained heavier possibly overbearing political clout in the areas populated by the Peterborough MP, Mayor and several other senior council worthies.... but that is again how it looks to residents cowering in their homes and Park Farm house owners paying out over £400  (insurance co quote) to have their front doors (and windows) reglazed after yobbos have 'shot' them in. 
Someone really has to get a grip of this... Police working with council does not automatically mean the Safer Peterborough Partnership controls all activity and dictates the actions of Commanders,  they simply advise. 
Community policing isn't supposed to be a adjunct of Cross Key Homes, there are still many self maintained privately owned and leased properties around, and they deserve the same levels of security and neighbourhood police activity.   
It took a string of reports by worried Park Farm residents (including a crime number) to get a patrol or two on the Park Farm Green Wheel riverside cycle path, to stop a series of highly dangerous scramble bikers ( no helmets, and two up) screaming up and down the pathway and lobbing 'missiles' at river facing properties at all hours of the day and night.
After several knockbacks or long waits on the 101 premium line, some have given up reporting the bike abuse. All Cllr Turnip seems to worry about is Dog Poo stencils on footpaths and his prospects at the polls in May.

Suffice to say we record 500 to 800+ hits a day ( more than double Cllr Turnips last polling results) on the Peterborough Tribune  (total hits 633,838 i.e. well over half a million) **  website, and the noise from our loyal supporters is simply that the local Stanground Councillors (they know who they are) have all but shut up shop, and busy pitching for the bigger political prize of Stanground South in May. 

** By comparison, if Insp. Firmin is reliant on PR advice regarding social media, the officer should be made aware the County CombridgshireNHW website has had just 31,400 hits since February 2011 and Peterborough NHW Events and Initiatives 2,761 hits, and last updated on 20 September 2012 !!!!  

The sad fact is the Ward of Stanground East will be swallowed up with Cardea etc.   So if local PCC councillors, still on allowances but have stopped an effective lobby process, we are continuing to protect and give a voice to worried local residents.  The report to our mind, falls well short, and is very light in detail.   
Inspector Firmin probably advised by her PR people that much of the news has been released on Twitter and Facebook. Our view, this is a 'cop' out. The Inspector  trying to make do with slashed resources and a  'ragbag coalition' with a council that has already long term outsourced facilities and budget wise has all but bust the bank.  

We would appreciate a more formal detailed approach discussing the policing issues, with statistical information we can use and gauge how public involvement can materially assist the police, the number of villains jailed, fines levied and practical example of effective police activity.
But having had our say, here the Inspectors Report, our comments in boxed quotes : 

Youth engagement projects – Football & Boxing continue to be well attended. We were delighted when PC Baker was given a civic award for making a difference in the community by setting up the Peterborough branch of the Cambridgeshire Police Boxing Club )

Speed enforcement work and the deployment of the PSV (police service volunteers) CCTV ANPR van in Waterloo Road following complaints from a resident about numerous motorists speeding in the area

Dispersal of youths in Century Square with Cllr Shearman commenting: "Just to let you know that early this afternoon I spotted a group of young men congregating in the undercover area... I contacted the local Sergeant (Keith Pryke) and asked him to attend if possible. The police responded immediately and apprehended a group of five persons. None were carrying drugs, none lived in Century square and all were known to the police! I understand the police made it clear to these people that their presence on Century Square was not only not wanted, but was causing distress to some of the residents. They left with a warning that they should not enter the Square in future."

Street Drugs Seizures on Alma Rd, Lincoln Rd, Victoria Park, Gladstone St, Cromwell Rd following stop searches

Continued Targeted action in the Cromwell Rd area regarding reports of drugs and gangs, joint work with Licensing and Cambs Fire saw the closure of a problematic café which has significantly reduced issues and tensions in the area

Enforcement work/visits with Trading Standards/ HMRC/ Immigration/ Public Health, where we have been involved in various prosecutions related to the sale of illicit cigarettes, tax evasion, illegal tattooing and breaching smoking regulations

Enforcement and supportive outreach work re Street sex offences. X3 significant workers in HMP, x1 who was significant diverted away from the trade

Joint visit to reported crack house in Welland with Cross Keys Homes (CKH). Property re-claimed – x1 arrest Class A drugs, Dog seized and joint investigation with RSPCA re animal cruelty

ASB investigations – Henry Street, Gladstone Street, Bright Street, all have involved joint work with noise pollution and other joint work with CKH and letting agents. The community safety officer commented, "The partnership working is fantastic as this case just helps to illustrate how working with the Police and having local officers attend these visits with knowledge of the area and people really makes a difference." [ We respectfully suggest the Community Safety Officer should get out more often ...the Stanground microbeat was effectively taken apart and local knowledge lost]

Patrols in Johnson Walk to address street drinking related issues specifically around the old people’s complex

City Centre

The arrest of a burglar and evidence gathering leading to the arrest of someone who had sexually assaulted a female in Top Shop

ASB in St Mary’s Court – repeat callers, drug taking. Working with Cross Keys to resolve

ASB Northminster Car Park – evenings/weekends boy racers. Working with council and the night time economy, section 59 warnings being issued as necessary.

ASB Kesteven Walk – working with Cross Keys Homes to tackle concerns involving nuisance youths and drugs

ASB Queensgate – Nuisance youths & street drinkers. Working with Queensgate.

ASB Monksfield Mews – Nuisance Youths

Begging/Street Drinking and connected ASB – CBO targets, enforcement, partnership working with Housing Needs and Immigration.

Cycle theft – Regional Pool – patrols.

Second Hand shop checks deterring and detecting, burglaries, thefts, handling and shopliftings.

Community Enforcement Team

ASB hotspot patrols in Westwood, Orton Malborne, Woodston, Paston and Benyon Grove

 Week of action in and around the Peterborough Regional College and Central Park resulting in 38 stop searches resulting in one arrest, one cannabis warning and drug paraphernalia being found

Patrols at the Voyager school, Werrington Centre and Queensgate bus station following reports of an escalation of youth related violence between various groups of young people working with partners in the SPP and locals to identify and deal with those involved

Patrols outside Honeyhill school following reports of ongoing ASB by parents

Problem solving

 Working closely with the ASB team, Sgt Rowe has been making good use of ASB legislation and the opportunities it gives us to tackle ASB in different ways.

The most recent example of this was a full and formal Community Protection Notice delivered to an address in Warrington [SIC] ,[ we think the Inspector means Werrington] prohibiting further anti-social behaviour. (Issued after a warning letter was ignored). Cllr Lane commented, "I wish to echo Tom's earlier comment about residents reporting direct as being a catalyst for appropriate action in cases such as this. It is a shame to witness, but thank you all for the work to get where we are and I will say, in return, it is a prime example of neighbourhood policing at its best." [Cllr. Lane up for election in May, should we respectfully suggest get out more]

Community engagement
As promised, the pilot in Westwood and Ravensthorpe has now been completed and I am pleased to report that we managed to engage with local youths as well as adults living in the area to gauge their concerns and compare those with our research. Over 40 people responded which is significantly higher than most panel meetings of the past

[Err not so, we collated the Stanground panel meetings feedback and over 50 'section' notices issued] .

The feedback and our research will now inform the actions that we and our partners in the SPP will take to resolve the issues which were identified as theft from person and ASB in Hampton Court. We are now in the process of reviewing what did and did not work before rolling the process out city-wide.

Stop search

As a Constabulary we are now part of a voluntary scheme known as "Best Use of Stop Search" which all police officers are currently being briefed on. The purpose of this scheme is to improve the outcomes of stop searches; ensure that officers who carry out such searches have a genuine belief that the person they are searching has prohibited items on them; that they understand why they are being searched and ultimately to improve community relations.

Our use of stop search powers will be regularly monitored to make sure that we are complying with the requirements of the scheme and to ensure that there is no possibility of discriminatory practice occurring.

I hope you have found this update useful.

Kind regards

Kate Firmin

Community Inspector, Peterborough Local Policing Command

Tel: 07753577464


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