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City centre policing team hit the streets for Safer Neighbourhood Day

Posted on 24th October 2013

Chatting to shoppers about personal safety and keeping retailers up to speed on policing priorities will top the shopping list for officers during Derby's second Safer Neighbourhood Day.

The city centre team will be out in force in the Cathedral Quarter area to give people the chance to find out about the work police are doing to cut shoplifting, theft and anti-social behaviour.

Officers will also be teaming up with Cathedral Quarter Rangers to visit shops and businesses and find out about issues affecting them.

The Safer Neighbourhood Day takes place on Thursday, October 31 and follows on from the inaugural day, which was held in July.

It will also give police the chance to update members of the public and Cathedral Quarter firms on Operation Prospero, a campaign to cut shoplifting, street drinking, begging, bag dipping and theft of pushbikes.

Sergeant Brian Clifton, who is in charge of Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Operation Prospero will continue to run and become a main feature of our plans in the run up to Christmas and over the festive period.

"We rely on the public to keep us informed of what is going on so we as a team can be effective in our efforts to make the city centre a safe and pleasant place to work, live and visit.

"The Safer Neighbourhood Day in the Cathedral Quarter will be an important way to develop the relationships and dialogue with businesses and visitors alike."

Martin Langsdale is the chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, which promotes activities and business development for the area.

He said: "Many businesses and members of the public who fed back their views last year identified crime and particularly anti-social behaviour as a priority.

"We have therefore re-focused the role of the rangers to ensure greater communication between businesses and organisations such as Derbyshire police. Businesses also regularly meet to monitor the situation and flag up issues that need to be addressed.

"The first Safer Neighbourhood Day organised in July was a great success, giving businesses and the public alike a greater opportunity to discuss their views with officers in the area. We hope that this event will be equally as productive."

To find out more about the event, contact the city centre Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

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