Posted on 19th March 2014
Officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team have been heading out on the beat to speak to residents about issues affecting their community.
The team have been heading out on high visibility patrols to combat concerns in the community and encourage people to protect themselves from opportunists.
Police visited New Mills School during Beat Sweep action, which ran from March 6 to March 14, to chat with the students about criminal damage and the effect of anti-social behaviour on local residents.
Officers worked alongside Deputy Head, Mr Kuczaj, and the High Peak Borough Council ASB project officer to encourage the children to protect their property by security marking their valuables.
This saw students marking up their mobile phones and bikes using security marking kits funded by police and partners, including High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales County Council.
The Safer Neighbourhood team also paid a visit to children at Hayfield Nursery and St Georges Primary School to speak to the children and their parents about staying safe and the role of the police officer in their community.
Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The operations that we have run this week as part of our Beat Sweep have been aimed at making it harder for criminals and tackling issues affecting local people living in the community.
“It is only by working alongside our partners, including High Peak Borough Council, British Transport Police, VOSA and the Northern Rail ticket enforcement, that we have been so successful.
“It is vital that we continue to work closely in partnership with local schools and licensed premises to enforce the law and encourage people to take positive action to protect themselves from criminals.
“We want New Mills and Hayfield to be known as safe places to live and a difficult place to come and commit crime undetected. The public can help us in that fight by remaining vigilant and reporting anything suspicious to police.”
During the Beat Sweep action, Safer Neighbourhood officers also teamed up with the High Peak Borough Council ASB Project Officer, Street Clean and a High Peak Housing Officer for a walkabout around New Mills to identify areas for improvement.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.