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Nottinghamshire Police district commander for Newark and Sherwood gives update as new PCSO joins beat team

Newark and Sherwood’s district commander has shared an update on policing in the area — including a new PSCO joining a beat team.

In a post on Facebook, Inspector Charlotte Ellam stated: “It has been a busy few months in Newark and Sherwood, and I have plenty to update you on.”

Among the update was news that newly recruited PCSO Hicks is to join Newark Team Two to cover the Riverside and Town Centre beat.

There has also been a reshuffle of exiting officers — with the Operation Reacher team now amalgamated into the existing neighbourhood policing teams.

It is part of a review and restructuring of the Neighbourhood Policing Model, the update explained.

Originally set up as a stand-alone team of a sergeant and six police constables, who focused on ‘proactive policing’, they will now continue that focus during “high visibility patrols, targeted intelligence gathering and supporting local problem-solving” within the neighbourhood teams.

Inspector Charlotte Ellam, district commander for Newark and Sherwood. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police
Inspector Charlotte Ellam, district commander for Newark and Sherwood. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

The inspector’s update stated: “The key message is that we haven’t lost staff, we are just using them differently, and for me this allows us to have a dedicated proactive function more of the time.”

Other investments in the policing team include an anti-social behaviour officer, refreshed problem-solving training, and a new 4x4 Toyota Hilux to support rural policing.

Schemes are also continuing, with Safer Streets Five ongoing in Balderton North in partnership with the parish and district councils. The area is to benefit from “environmental improvements designed to deter crime” and a new youth pod has also been installed at Coronation Park for young people.

Other anti-social behaviour action, working with Newark and Sherwood District Council’s anti-social behaviour team, has seen successful legal action taken in relation to individuals and premises responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour across the district — including a Criminal Behaviour Order for an individual in Ollerton who was responsible for repeated shop lifting and closure orders on two premises in Boughton.

“We will continue to work closely to use all available legal options to tackle crime in our communities,” The update continued.

The next quarter’s Local Policing Priorities are: anti-social behaviour, drugs supply and vehicle crime.

Anti-social behaviour tackling activity is based on data and reports from the public, the inspector’s report explained, and issues can be reported to the police or the district council.

Additional funding has also been provided by the Home Office for additional anti-social behaviour and crime hotspot patrols.

There has also been recent success in securing a conviction against a prolific drug dealer in the district, who is now awaiting sentencing.

The update added: “We will continue to gather intelligence and take enforcement action at every opportunity. Again, we rely on information from the community to support this. You can report this information directly to the police, or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

Nottinghamshire’s road crime team will also be offering the district support to tackle vehicle crime in the coming weeks. The team will also provide crime prevention advice through some dedicated vehicle crime engagement sessions.

It concluded: “The team are preparing for a busy summer, during which we will be focusing on local priorities as well as dealing with any issues that are causing concern for the community. We will be undertaking community engagements for the summer months, including a multi-agency water safety day, and the NSDC 999 Safety Awareness Day which will provide an interactive session for up to 1,000 school children across the district.

“We will publicise much of our activity on our social media channels, so please look out for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the neighbourhood team on newarknpt@Notts.Police.uk or sherwoodsnt@Notts.Police.uk”

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