Community Police in the Bourne Valley
Amesbury Community Policing Team
COMMUNITY POLICING – September 2017
An update from Helen KENNEDY Head of Media Services:
Many areas boards are raising the issue that our 101 Call handling for Wiltshire remains below the standards we wish to deliver.
To give context to the current position it is important to understand that there has been a significant shift in the way we manage our demand within the Police Service.
The Community Policing Model recognises that the Police service is being asked to do ‘more with less’ and helps to address this fact by assessing the demand at the first point of contact. The call handler will assess the threat, harm and risk without necessarily tasking an officer to attend in the first instance. The adage they work to in our Communication Centre is to get it right first time.
As a result of this change in handling we have seen an increase in waiting times for calls to be answered.
However, since we initiated the CPT Model, calls for immediate help have seen an improvement.
It is also important to note that we have engaged in a significant recruitment phase for many roles within the CPT. Police Officers, PCSO, Local Crime Investigators and Prisoner Transport Team members have all been recruited. Where do we find people with the right skills to do these roles? One area is our Communication Centre. These are members of Police Staff who have been trained in aspects of law and have good communication skills. It is not surprising that they then wish to use their training and continue to develop. Consequently recruitment and retention of staff is a challenge, however to reassure you our Communication Centre Leadership team have a well-established rolling recruitment programme in place.
We continue to review and assess where improvements are needed. We are currently exploring solutions including on-line reporting of crime, a more informative website and on-line chat and hope this different access channels will start to be available late summer 2017. We will not solve this issue overnight and are working hard any problems to deliver the best possible service to those who contact us.
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On Friday 1 July 2016, officers from Amesbury and Tidworth Neighbourhood Policing Teams carried out a proactive operation targeting illegal drug use in ‘beauty spots’ and thefts from vehicles.
Together with colleagues from Licensing, Tri-force, Special Constabulary and the Royal Military Police, officers carried out patrols in areas such as Woodhenge and Stonehenge. Visitors were given advice regarding vehicle crime prevention and safety.
During the evening a man was stop searched for drugs, four vehicles and a premises were also searched. An amount of Class A and Class B drugs was seized.
A 23 year old man from Durrington was arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences and possession of Class A drugs. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A 30 year old man from Shrewton received a Cannabis Street Warning. Two other men, aged 29 and 33 years from Shrewton and Amesbury were issued fixed penalty notices.
PC Jayne Wilby said: "This proactive approach to these issues will continue with further events planned. Our targeted operations with colleagues from other specialist areas aim to tackle and prevent crimes in 'beauty spots' and take action against offenders who pick these areas specifically to steal from visitors cars or to take illegal drugs."
Crime Prevention advice:
• Try to park near to other vehicles.
• Don’t leave valuables in your car. If it is absolutely unavoidable – place them in the boot.
• Mark your stereo with the vehicle registration number. Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keep the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Remember also to register it at www.immobilise.com.
• Don’t leave valuables in the glove compartment or try to hide anything under the seat – thieves will check these areas first. Leave your glove box open to show there is nothing in it.
• Don’t leave anything on display, you may know that your wallet isn’t in your jacket but a thief will break a window just to check.
Help prevent crime in your community by reporting any suspicious activity or illegal drug use to police on 101. If a crime is in progress please call 999.
PCSO Shona Maycock
COMMUNITY POLICING – November 2017
Hare coursing and Poaching, All areas of East Wiltshire.
Increasing activity and reports to Police regarding hare coursing within East Wiltshire has occurred since 1st September 2017. A total of forty four storm logs refer. Many of these have occurred in the Upavon area, but also include damage to farmland at Wilton, incidents at Stanton St Bernard, Manningford Bohune and All Cannings. Vehicles of interest in relation to these offences include a green Landrover Defender, a green Honda CRV, a blue Subaru and red Landrover.
A policing operation was conducted daytime on Wednesday 27th September by members of the East Community Policing and the Rural Crime Team, in partnership with a number of farmers and gamekeepers who assisted as spotters for the area.
The event resulted in a number of vehicles and occupants being subject to stop searches. No incidents of coursing occurred during this time but intelligence was gathered in relation to other incidents involving a van seen at Roundway, an area where we experience theft from vehicles. This vehicle and its occupant were located at Broad Hinton during our area search.
Improved partnership working has resulted via the use of two Whatsapp groups established with the farming community for these areas. This has enabled immediate responses by officers on the team to alerts of suspicious and coursing activity. We have requested permissions for Whatsapp downloads to our works mobile phones for all officer access.
Two males from Somerset were arrested and subsequently charged with offences concerning The Prevention of Poaching Act 1862, following an incident on 7th October 2017. Officers from the East Community Policing Team were alerted by members of the public reporting suspicious activity by the occupants to a vehicle, located during an area search.
Two suspects to daytime trespass in pursuit of game are under investigation regarding offences identified in the Pewsey Vale area.
Pc Marc JACKSON of the Rural Crime Team has recently launched Operation Artemis in a bid to tackle all aspects of poaching across the county.
The public are encouraged to report all incidents of poaching to help build a better intelligence picture and enable our officers to target offenders through rural operations.
The operation will also aim to advise our rural communities how they can best prevent and disrupt poaching activity on their land.
The operation sits under the nationally recognised poaching operation Project Trespass which aims to coordinate action across England and Wales through prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance.
Rural Crime Officer PC Marc Jackson said: “As part of the rural crime partnership we have listened to the concerns of landowners, farmers, game keepers and agricultural workers within Wiltshire.
“We understand the impact poaching has on their livelihoods and the resulting fear of crime that comes from this.
“We want Operation Artemis to reassure our rural communities that we do take poaching seriously, and anybody found to be committing such offences here will be dealt with robustly. Wiltshire is not a soft touch and we will use the full legislation powers that have been given to us as the police.
“The image of poaching has drastically changed over the years. The idea of poachers just taking one for the pot is no longer the case.
“Many of the groups involved are very organised and travel vast distances, across numerous counties to participate in poaching.
“Often poaching involves vast amounts of money through illegal betting and can be connected to other crimes like burglaries, thefts and can involve intimidation and violence towards landowners and gamekeepers.”
Poaching becomes more frequent when the harvests come down at the end of the summer, peaking in October and December. This year harvests have been early so potential poachers can access the fields earlier than usual meaning we are already seeing an increase in poaching in September.
Poaching can take many forms, from hare coursing, shooting deer at night to using catapults to take pheasants.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Wiltshire is a rural county and those living in isolated locations can be vulnerable to crime types that do not affect urban areas.
“It is important that the Force police rural crime as part of its overall policing.
“Rural crime can have a huge impact on local people and businesses. I welcome this new operation and applaud the ongoing work being done by the Rural Crime Team and the Wiltshire Rural Crime Partnership to help keep Wiltshire safe.”
When reporting incidents, call 101 and quote ‘Operation Artemis’. If a crime is in progress call 999.
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