Posted on 14th August 2017
Our officers from the Derby City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team have opened a temporary mobile police station in the St Peter’s Cross area of the city.
The station opens at 7am today, Monday, August 14, and will operate at flexible times during the day and week to meet demand.
The move comes 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’.
Sergeant Jamie Millard, who is in charge of the team, said: “Over the last few months officers from the team have run several pro-active operations targeting the users and dealers of synthetic cannaboids that have resulted in numerous arrests and convictions at court.
“What is clear however is that this is not the only answer and there are some longer term, social issues behind the problem. We are also playing our part in trying to solve these issues as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Derby City Forum.
“In order to provide further re-assurance to visitors, businesses and residents in the area, the mobile police station will be in operation on St Peter’s Churchyard at various times and days during the week. It will be staffed with personnel so that any concerns can be addressed.
“The opening times will remain flexible to meet demand as we have noticed that the problem can occur at all times of the day and on any day of the week.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “We have seen some real progress in tackling the issues that were causing problems in Derby city centre, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and more needs to be done.
“Installing a mobile police station where it matters most, which is open when it matters most, is a practical operational solution and one which maximises our scant resources.
“I think that Derby residents, businesses and visitors will appreciate that the constabulary is doing everything it can to tackle this unpleasant and anti-social behaviour. Naturally, it’s important that we continue to work with our partners to find long term solutions which address the dependencies that drive this type of behaviour.”
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