Thursday, September 13, 2012
POLICING is seen by some as relatively straight-forward, and I guess in many respects it is.
THIS month saw 3,082 incidents on the district, roughly 99 incidents per day of which just more than a third required an immediate response.
677 crimes were recorded, which is an average of 22 crimes per day, which you will see from my last blog is a reduction in the average number of crimes reported through the month of July.
Our district crime headlines include 36 dwelling burglaries, five offences of robbery, 120 offences of violence, 14 metal thefts, 47 incidents of domestic abuse, 22 shed burglaries and 58 shopliftings.
Total Crime is currently down this financial year by 5 per cent
267 people were arrested this month. Of note 25 were for theft offences, seven were arrested for burglary, 17 were for drugs offences, 18 were arrested for causing damage, three people were arrested for robbery, 23 were for public order offences and by far the greatest number were for violence totalling 69 arrests.
POLICING is seen by some as relatively straight forward and I guess on many respects it is.
Breaking up a fight, arresting a burglar or giving a ticket to a speeding motorist are all in a days work, but things like engaging with hard to reach communities, long term managing of acute anti-social behaviour problems or managing the long term habitual offender when prison clearly doesn’t work are more complex, take much longer and are often an unseen side to police business.
The success of this longer term and more complex work is only realised when the police join up with other agencies and work together to reach solutions.
Every week there is a meeting to discuss ways of stopping the district’s habitual offenders and monitor progress, whether it is through supporting their drug and alcohol withdrawal, ensuring they comply with curfew conditions or get support with employment.
This is done by a team of officers and staff working with probation, drugs teams, Youth Offending Service and the courts. Recent successes have seen some of these free from offending for many months, but equally seen some sent back to prison as despite all the support they continue to offend.
Similarly the management of problem families who blight the life of neighbours and other residents requires the police to work closely with Huntingdonshire District Council and housing providers to find solutions to problems through the use of conciliation, injunctions, good behaviour contracts and then if all has been tried and failed and as we saw in Huntingdon this week, a family is evicted from their home to ensure the minority don’t ruin a neighbourhood for the majority.
We also work with the habitual missing from home who cost the force hours of police time to trace and find and is often challenging. To help them from going missing we work with social workers, mental health staff, schools and others in order to stop them from going missing.
Engaging with communities where English is not a first language or where cultures and traditions are very different to our own takes an investment in time, but working with HDC and community leaders has resulted in great progress being made.
I have repeatedly made a commitment to do everything I can to ensure that Huntingdonshire continues to be a safe place in which to live, work or visit and I hope as the above illustrates, a lot goes on that is not always visible and brings together many teams and agencies all committed to achieving the same goal.
The successes we have seen are only achieved by the police and others working together in partnership and in the best interests of the community.