Officers sweep through Ashbourne to target safety throughout the area
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Our officers in Ashbourne took part in a week long beat sweep to focus on safety, crime and anti-social behaviour concerns, and to reach out to the local community.
During the week police teams worked alongside a string of different partnership agencies to focus on issues raised by local residents.
Our police officers and staff contributed more than 320 hours of their time during the week to the operation, which saw our teams take part in crime prevention and engagement events, proactive roads policing patrols, visits to businesses and licensed premises and community walkabouts.
The week kicked off with a launch event just off the Shawcroft Car Park in Ashbourne on Monday 14 October.
Officers from the areas Safer Neighbourhood policing teams teamed up with Waterloo Housing, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Ashbourne Town Council, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and victim services to meet the public and listen to concerns.
It also tied in with National Hate Crime Awareness Week, so Stop Hate UK joined the launch to help raise awareness of hate crime, and encouraging people to report incidents to them.
Proactive policing patrols on the roads in the area ran during the nights throughout the week and saw two people arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. Tickets were also issued to one driver for speeding and another for a defective vehicle.
Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards joined us, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Derbyshire Dales District Council to carry out visits to many different businesses to check they are meeting legislation, standards and safety regulations.
A wide range of premises were visited, including nail salons, betting shops, off licences, supermarkets and pubs. No major issues were identified, and every pub passed during test purchase operations.
Rural Action Derbyshire organised a free cyber security training event for community groups at Hulland Ward, and East Midlands Ambulance Service organised a Restart a Heart day at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, which our officers took part in to help educate and teach lifesaving skills to all pupils.
We carried out ‘Operation Zip It’ on two days during the week in Ashbourne town centre and at the Riverside Business Park as we focused on personal safety and retail based crime.
Safer Neighbourhood policing officers were on patrol and on the lookout for shoppers who were at risk of having their valuables stolen because of an open bag, or with a purse or wallet on display. They took time to stop them to offer safety advice and prevention items such as purse chains, bells and credit or debit card protection wallets.
Waterloo Housing and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service stepped out with us on a walkabout to give tenants the chance to meet and discuss any concerns, and an abandoned car was removed from Brookside by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Finally, on Friday 18 October our focus was road safety as we joined forces with Derbyshire CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team) for Operation Safedrive, where we carry out checks on traffic and vehicles, and take enforcement action where necessary.
One vehicle was stopped for having no insurance; two drivers were reported for using their mobile phones while at the wheel and 16 people reported for seat belt offences.
Inspector Daron Abbott, of the Derbyshire Dales Local Policing Unit, said: “We carried out the beat sweep, week of action in the Ashbourne area which was all about giving local residents and community members the chance to meet their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, and some of the agencies and organisations we work with to help make the Derbyshire Dales Safer Together.
“The week focussed on tackling community issues and concerns that our residents say are having an impact on life in the community, which we identified through feedback from the public, calls for service and information from our partners.”
He added: “It was a great success and we hope that the beat sweep will also send a clear message to the whole community that we are committed to working together to target crime and anti-social behaviour. We would like to thank all those who took part.”
You can find out more about the work of the Safer Neighbourhood policing team in the Ashbourne area on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AshbourneSNT.
Residents can also sign up to Derbyshire Alert to receive free community safety alerts, crime information and messages from your local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, visit: www.derbyshirealert.co.uk.