Posted on 13th September 2017
The mobile police station run by our Derby City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team will remain in place for at least another 10 weeks.
The news comes after visitors to the city and local businesses have reacted positively to the station being in place on St Peters Street.
The move was taken last month after concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area from individuals apparently under the influence of synthetic cannabinoids, which are often referred to as Spice or Black Mamba.
Inspector Lauren Woods, who is in charge of policing in the city centre, said: “We have had lots of positive feedback with regards to the temporary police station and the added visible presence of police officers this has brought to the city centre.
“The initiative will continue for at least the next ten weeks, through to November when we will review the situation again.
“Although calls for anti-social behaviour have reduced in this area of the city we are very much aware that displacement of the problem may be an issue and so patrols have been adjusted to include other areas of the city in order to try and ensure we don’t just push the problem somewhere else.
“We know that this can only be a temporary solution and we will continue to work with our partners through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s City centre Summit to work towards a longer term solution to the issues that are causing the problem.
“An example of this work is our involvement in a joint partner’s working group highlighting a number of individuals that have had a detrimental effect on the city. The group identifies the most appropriate agency or resource and either proactively tackles that individual or helps and guides them to a better way of living.”
Helen Wathall is the Managing Director of G Wathall & Son, a funeral directors based in Macklin St, and is also chair of St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).
Helen said: “The St Peters Quarter BID Rangers have received overwhelming positive feedback from local businesses to the mobile police station and we welcome the ten-week extension of this additional presence in the area.
“The issue of anti-social behaviour caused by substance abuse has been a problem for businesses, largely with the alarm it causes to visitors during the day and to employees on their way to and from work.
“The increased uniformed presence on the streets is therefore reassuring both to businesses and visitors and as part of the BID programme our rangers will continue to work with the police.
“St Peters Quarter, in partnership with the neighbouring Cathedral Quarter BID will also continue to support the monitoring and coverage of city CCTV cameras and are keen to see the introduction of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)”
Councillor Asaf Afzal, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said: “The council and its partners are committed to tackling the anti-social behaviour caused by drug misuse in the city centre.
“A multi-disciplinary team has been targeting these individuals who are causing the most amount of harm, with offers of support alongside enforcement in respect of their criminal behaviour. This has resulted in a number of individuals accessing housing support and drug treatment services.
“We welcome the extension of the mobile Police Station at St Peters Cross providing a strong visible deterrent to drug users and hope that we can continue work together to reduce anti-social behaviour and catch those responsible for supplying drugs to these individuals.”
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