Posted on 5th June 2015
Safer Neighbourhood officers in Heage, Nether Heage and Ambergate have set new policing priorities following a community meeting.
Sergeant Simon Street, PC Andrea Smith and PCSO Scott Hunt from the Heage Safer Neighbourhood Team are focusing on tackling a number of issues including speeding vehicles and anti-social behaviour after a meeting with residents on Tuesday, May 26 at Heage Community Centre.
Local people raised concerns about parking issues outside primary schools in Heage and Ambergate and mentioned that speeding vehicles throughout the area were an issue.
Officers have now set this as their new policing priority and will be working to tackle the problem by carrying out speed checks in the area and taking appropriate action against drivers found to be over the speed limit.
Patrols will be carried out at peak times around local schools to target any inconsiderate parking and officers will be working with school staff, parents and students to raise awareness of road safety and safe parking. They will also be encouraging youngsters to consider alternative ways of getting to and from school including cycling, walking and scooting.
During the meeting, residents also raised concerns about the possible increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) in recreational areas and public spaces during the summer months when the nights are lighter.
Officers are vowing to deter this issue by increasing patrols in key areas and speaking to local young people to advise them on the issues of ASB and the concern it brings to the local community. They will be seizing alcohol from any underage drinkers and taking appropriate action against any found to be causing ASB or damage.
PC Smith said: “We are encouraging anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in the area to get in touch and let us know so we are able to deal with the issue promptly. Local residents who may have community concerns, or people who want to discuss our current priorities, can reach us by calling the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, 101.”
Residents can also follow @HeageSNT on Twitter to follow updates on local policing in the area.