Posted on 3rd October 2011
Left to right: PCSO Matt Cox, PCSO Michaela Daniels and PC Graham Mason with the new van
Police in Buxton have been making use of a new van which has been brought in to keep night time revellers in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales safe.
A Violence, Alcohol harm and Licensing (VAL) van is being deployed in town centres across the High Peak and Dales.
It is one of four vans purchased by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service which are being used across the county.
Kitted out with both static and mobile CCTV cameras, the van provides officers with a mobile base to work from and aims to prevent alcohol related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.
It can also help police to detect offences by providing officers with footage which could be used as evidence.
PC Sandra Barlow, police licensing officer for the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales area said: “The van will be a valuable asset to officers policing town centres in the High Peak and Dales during busy evenings.
“It will provide a mobile base and will be like an extra pair of eyes on the beat, which will help to keep the streets safe and levels of anti-social and violent related disorder low.”
The van was used for the first time in the High Peak on Wednesday, September 21, following the initial county-wide launch in August.
Officers from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) used the van on Market Place on a busy student night.
PCSO Michaela Daniels of the Buxton SNT said: “We found the van really useful, as it meant that we were working in the heart of the night time economy in Buxton and were highly visible.
“There were no issues on the night, but we hope that the presence of the van and our team will have prevented any issues and also provided reassurance to revellers, both local and also students who may have been new to the town.”
The van will be used in other parts of the High Peak and Dales over the coming months and on key nights, including Christmas and New Year eves.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 0345 123 33 33.