Inspector Simon Riley’s Blog: November 2019
To quote Roger Daltrey – “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!”
I have been back in Broxtowe since the end of September, following my summer cameo at Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood and it’s really good to be back in the borough. I have genuinely been blown away by the amount of nice comments I have had from people about how glad they are to see me back in post – this really does mean a lot and I thank all of you who have taken the time to call, send me a message or stop me at events to pass on your kind words. As you can see, the monthly blogs are now also back – please accept my apologies for there not being one in October but it took some time to catch up with everything that has been happening.
Sunday 10th November saw our Remembrance Day events take place across the borough and once again – what a turnout. I was once again absolutely honoured to be invited to take part in the civic Remembrance Day parade and service at Beeston and to lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of Nottinghamshire Police – something which gives me immense pride. Once again, the huge turnout in Beeston was mirrored at the parades in Stapleford, Eastwood, Kimberley and Nuthall. Thank you to all of you who attended – It’s vital to our communities that the act of Remembrance and the reasons why we do so is continued through the generations, so that the sacrifice made by so many is never forgotten.
The parades were followed on Monday 11th with two minutes silence across the borough at 11:00am. Again there was a good turnout in blustery conditions in Beeston Square to observe this simple rite which means so much. Thank you to all who attended.
Thanks must also go to all of those involved in planning all of the events across the weekend and into Monday. This is by no means a small or easy task and your efforts are very much appreciated.
Lest We Forget.
LPPSM PROCESS & LOCAL PRIORITIES
We have recently undergone a force-wide review of how we decide our local policing priorities. Previously, the thirteen neighbourhood policing areas in the force all had slight variations in the way we identified our local priorities. The new process has standardised the process so that we are all following the same path. Priorities will be set quarterly at what is now known as the ‘Local Policing Priority Setting Meeting,’ chaired by myself and involving the neighbourhood policing sergeants and officials from Broxtowe Borough Council. Alongside our own crime data and incident/intelligence recording, there are a number of information streams which contribute to the process, including feedback obtained from your locally elected members, CAT meetings, Neighbourhood Watch and the quarterly survey sent out by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. I’d encourage you all to engage with the survey and pass on concerns through the various conduits identified so that we can be fully informed of the issues which affect your quality of life, so that these can be factored into the priority setting process. Once decided the priorities are published on the website and monthly updates will be provided.
Our Local Policing Priorities for October – December 2019 are;
– Burglary of People’s Homes
– Anti-social Behaviour, including local drugs issues
– Off-road Motorcycling
In respect of burglaries, can I also repeat the advice I gave this time last year around making your homes safer and less vulnerable to the attentions of unscrupulous criminals during the longer, darker winter nights. My teams will be popping advice leaflets through letterboxes in properties they come across, which may appear to them to be vulnerable to being burgled. Please consider the following when you are away from your properties;
– As the nights get darker earlier, leave a light on inside your house. Remember to choose low energy lamps (wherever possible)
– Use a timer switch to operate the lights as it starts to get dark. Change the times that the lights come on to simulate an occupied home
– Make sure your front door is well lit. Use dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark
– Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times
Another key element of our priority setting process is the feedback we receive from our various engagements in our communities. Your feedback is vital to us as we strive to provide the best service we can and to make improvements in our service wherever they are needed and are within our grasp. We have a number of engagements planned over the course of each year (Remembrance Day being one such example, community meetings/surgeries being another) – if you’re in attendance, or simply if you see any of us, please come and talk to us. We want to hear from you!
As we move into the Christmas period, we will be in attendance at the Christmas lights switch-ons across the borough. Please come and say ‘hello’ – we always welcome a chat.
This week we have said ‘Goodbye’ to one of our longest standing members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, as PCSO Craig Gealy has left his role in order to join Nottinghamshire Police as a police constable. I would like to place on record, my thanks to Craig for all of his hard work on Broxtowe South and we all wish him well as he follows his dream of being a police officer. He will be a big loss to the team and his cheeky disposition will be missed – traders in Beeston are already reporting a huge drop in their sales of Pepsi Max!
We have also welcomed two new temporary Sergeants to the Response team this week. Hollie O’Flynn and Richard ‘Ned’ Kelly replace Dan Weaver and Cat Edwards respectively. I welcome them both and wish Dan and Cat all the very best in their new roles elsewhere in the force.
In addition to the above, we will hopefully benefit from the planned recruitment of police officers and PCSOs over the next few months. Balancing resources against demand is a constant challenge for us, so any additional staff to help us in this will be most welcome as we strive to make keep Broxtowe safe.
CHRISTMAS DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN
As it does every year at this time, our annual Christmas Drink/Drive Campaign will get underway on 1st December and will run for the whole month. On average, nearly 3,000 people a year are killed or seriously injured as a result of drink drive related collisions, nationally. My officers will be out on the ground, engaging with this campaign throughout December. My message is one of ‘DON’T!’ Every year I say it but every year people still risk it. Please, please DON’T drink drive, or drive whilst under the influence of drugs – when you are caught, you will lose your licence at the very least. Drinking and Driving costs lives – simple as that.