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Beaumont Leys April Blog

Hello everyone, 

I would like to welcome you all to my April 2014 blog for Beaumont Leys and New Parks. We are currently four weeks into our new crime year and we are still as busy as ever. My team are working hard to tackle and solve the problems that affect you most especially anti social behaviour. April saw the launch of the Anti Social Behaviour patrol vehicles which is Police and Crime Commissioner Initiative to specifically target ASB. I’m sure you will notice the difference that these vehicles will make in the coming months. 

During April we have executed numerous drug warrants right across the local policing unit. We have seized large amounts of drugs including Cannabis, Cocaine and Heroin. We have also seized significant amounts of cash which we are looking to confiscate due to it being linked to the sale and distribution of the drugs we have seized. As you can imagine we have a large number of people on bail at the moment and I’m sure that most of them will be charged upon their return. In the fullness of time we shall see if our efforts have any effect on our acquisitive crime rates. We will continue to target those individual who peddle drugs and we have more warrants planned for May. I want to thank all those members of the public who have contacted us and provided my team with information about people involved in drug dealing. I would ask that if you have any information about individuals who are dealing drugs then you contact us here at Beaumont leys police station or alternatively ring 101 or Crime stopper on 0800 555 111. Without your help we cannot tackle this problem. 

Crime in the first month of the new crime year is up by 8% hopefully this will settle down in the coming months. On the flip side we have achieved some notable arrests which include a male caught red handed stealing fuel from unattended lorries in a secure factory compound. My officers conducted covert observations on the premises prior to detaining the male. He has been charged with three offences of stealing diesel. Another success was the arrest and detention of a male who had tried to break into a factory premises,he is currently on bail. We have a detection rate of 22% for April. 

My colleagues ran a bicycle crime prevention day at the Glenfield Hospital Leicester last week. I have to say that we were overwhelmed with the response to our stand. We had over a thousand visitors who nearly clean us out of all our crime prevention stock. Our “D” locks sold like hot cakes and I would urge anyone who owns a cycle to purchase a “D” lock because it is one of the best ways to secure your bike. I would like to congratulate and say a big thank you to the team for all the hard work they put in on the day to make this event such a success.I would especially like to say thank you to Susan Marlow one of my volunteers who organised the day. 

Another problem that we are currently experiencing is shed breaks which are occurring across the area. If you have a shed or out building I would recommend that you take the following steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim. 

  1. If possible, make sure that the shed located near to the house or is a least visible from the house.
  2. Ensure that the door, doorframe and walls are solid and replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections.
  3. Lock your shed and use appropriate security such as padlocks, chains and lighting.
  4. Replace any broken glass with laminated glass and fit grills to the inside of the windows.
  5. Fit key operated window locks to opening windows. If you never open/use your opening windows, use screws to permanently shut the windows
  6. Use metal rings and chains fixed to the shed frame with security screws to enable you to secure electrical items, ladders and tools
  7. Fit a battery powered alarm. These can be purchased from a DIY stores and garden centres.
  8. Last but not lease, make sure your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.   

We are holding another crime prevention event on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at the Abbey Pumping station Corporation Rd Leicester in partnership with our colleagues from the other emergency services. Please come along because it promises to be a fun day.

Thank you for reading, if you want to keep up to date on a daily basis about what is happening in your area please follow me on twitter @beaumontleyslpu

 Thanks

 Inspector Kev Morris

NW Leics LPU – March Update

Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly update with a round-up of what has been happening in and around North West Leicestershire over the past month or so.
I am particularly delighted to bring you news of two cases that were recently heard at Leicester Crown Court and relate to offences that have had a significant impact on the local community.

 

Drug dealer sent to prison
On the 7th February 2014 Brendan John Evans (24) of Swadlincote, Derbyshire was sentenced at Leicester Crown court. He was sentenced in relation to Possession of MCAT with intent to supply (a class B controlled drug) in Measham on the 23rd July 2013 and a breach of a community rehabilitation order by committing this offence.
In sentencing, Judge Simon Hammond said;
“Although classified as a class B drug MCAT is a terrible drug, and supplying it to others in our communities is a very serious matter.”
Evans was sentenced to 16 months in custody, with a minimum of 8 months to be served and the remainder of the sentence to be suspended for two years. Evans was also issued with a five year Crime Related Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) preventing him from being in Measham in the company of more than one person and banning him from being under the influence of drink or drugs in the village.
This is an excellent result for the Forest safer neighbourhood team, in particular Beacon Officer, PC Steve Harrison, and team members PCs Sean Lockley and Colin Gardner.

Heating Oil thieves sent to prison
During the latter part of 2012 and early 2013 we suffered a large number of thefts of heating oil. On the 19th February four men were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court for more than 20 offences across North West Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
Winston John Cook (44) of St Matthews Avenue, Worthington, Leicestershire, Gary James Clifford (30) of Siskin Close, Measham, Gareth Christian Evans (36) of Checkland Road, Thurmaston and Matthew John Smith (33) of Greenacres Drive, South Normanton, Derbyshire pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to steal heating oil.
Cook was sentenced to 18 months, Smith and Clifford both received 13 months each and Evans was sentenced to 10 months.
The excellent result in this case has come about as a result of a lot of hard work by our colleagues in CID, as well as Police Community Support Officers on our Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
It would be timely to remind owners of heating oil tanks to take some simple steps which could help prevent becoming a victim of crime;
• Check the oil level on your tank on a regular basis.
• Fit an electronic oil gauge/tank alarm which will alert you if the oil level drops.
• Use fencing or shrubs to hide your tank from view.
• Consider installing CCTV cameras.
• Fit a strong lock to the tank.
• If your tank is in an outbuilding keep the building locked.
• Install dusk to dawn security lighting.
• Turn off switches that control the supply of oil when not in use.
• Make a note of the registration number of suspicious vehicles especially tankers or large vehicles close to your property.
• Keep an eye on your neighbour’s tank as well.
• Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Download
As many of you can appreciate, particularly if you live in an around Castle Donington, the Download festival is a significant event not only for the local community but also the police. Our planning for this year’s event started as soon as last year’s event finished and at North West Leicestershire we are heavily involved in planning for the festival.
We meet regularly with Live Nation who are the event promoters, as well as North West Leicestershire District Council, and we are working hard to deliver a safe event that causes the least amount of adverse impact on the local community.
This year will also mark the last event for one of our police commanders, Chief Superintendent Geoff Feavyou,r who some of you may know from his time as Commander of the North Area. He retires in early 2015, and as an avid rock fan, and I know he is looking forward to his last Download festival.

Crime Prevention
Whilst we have had some success as I have outlined above, we can never be complacent and as such we have available a number of products to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.
• Catalytic Convertor marking kits
o PCSO Tony Gallagher and police volunteer Bob Bancroft have visited all Coalville Garages dealing in vans to offer CAT security marking kits at significantly reduced cost. The kits include a CAT marking kit & a window sticker to target harden & deter criminals.
• Bike Locks
o We have a supply of D-locks which are available from Coalville police station for £6.00
• Light timers
o We have a limited supply of light timers which are available for free from Coalville police station.

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;

http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

We are also active on social media, please visit this link for more information http://kimtag.com/nwleics

I look forward to speaking more with you next month,

Helena Bhakta

Melton LPU Commander December blog

Been a while since my last blog which is a bit of an under statement.

For the last month I have been working in various investigative departments as part of my personal development which has brought home that crime now is truly a Force wide affair with officers not based in Melton supporting the local picture. The first department I went into was the Force Signal Team who deal with allegations of rape. The first job I got involved in was one that happened in Melton and I also got to speak to the OIC who dealt with the suspect Matthew Browne of Tilehurst Road, Reading, Berkshire, who was found guilty by jury on Monday, October 7, after a six day trial at Leicester Crown Court.

In the early hours of Wednesday March 27 2013, Browne broke into the victim’s house in Melton Mowbray, tied her up, gagged her and wrapped Duct Tape around her eyes so that she couldn’t see. Browne was sentenced to 18yrs.

I was most impressed by the professional and dedicated approach taken by staff supporting victims.

I then moved on to the Domestic Abuse section and again got involved in a Melton case that had been deemed high risk and once again witnessed the expertise of the detectives dealing demonstrating how seriously the Force is taking such crimes. The next department was the Force Serious Crime Team who once again have dealt with Melton crimes including blackmail and serious assaults.

I returned to the LPU and have come back to stories of some outstanding work by my staff with Sergeant Williams taking my role for 3 weeks and doing a sterling job. There have been some key offenders locked up for burglary including Simeon Piwek who was convicted for a burglary where he stole chairy boxes. One other job in particular stood out and highlights the professionalism of Melton police officers.

A week ago 2 elderly people were assaulted in separate incidents in a completely unprovoked attack just after 9pm. I have never heard of such crimes occurring in Melton in my 4 years here and we were all left appalled by what took place. My staff pulled out all the stops from taking the reports and gathering evidence to scouring the area resulting in the arrest of a 21-year-old man who has now been charged and remanded into custody to await trial. Staff put in some long hours ensuring a through investigation and I am very grateful to them. This is why they do the job –to make a difference. A lot of the work goes unseen and policing is not a job that you can finish when your shift says you should.

I then had a day on patrol with PC Roscoe around the Vale of Belvoir targeting cross border criminals which is part of Operation Ball.

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PS Kear ran an operation earlier in the month on the rural south of Melton working with Rutland and Charnwood again tackling criminals who don’t recognise borders. Have a look on my twitter feed or the Force website for the video

http://www.leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2013/11/20/police-target-criminals-crossing-the-county-borders

There was also Operation Tiger tackling ASB and violent crime around the pubs and clubs which brought additional staff in to clamp down on this which was reflected in a drop in violent crime over these 2 weekends. We continue to work closely with the pubs to ensure this continues. We are very lucky to have such a good CCTV system in Melton operated by some dedicated volunteers.

Neighbouhood Watch goes from strength to strength and I would urge you to contact Eric Tindal to ensure you join up –it does work!

I have just had the pleasure of working the Christmas light switch on with ‘Jim Carver’ from the Bill (for those old enough to remember it) doing the honours. This was then followed by the Victorian Fayre this weekend which was a great event and packed.

Lastly yesterday I attended the unveiling of the bronze german shephard celebrating the contribution the Defence Animal Centre makes to this country.

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On Duty With… Deputy Disclosure Officer, Steven Morris

steve morrisTell us a little bit about what you do:

I currently process all of the Freedom of Information requests that are received by the force. This involves liaising with a wide range of departments to answer questions members of the public, MPs and the media have asked under the FOIA legislation.

I am also responsible for assessing applications from members of the public who would like to have their criminal records deleted from the Police National Computer. Finally I help my colleagues in the Data Protection Department handle the complex queries that come our way!

What’s the best bit about what you do?

Due to the wide variety of Freedom of Information requests we receive, I get to learn a lot about the work of other departments.  No day is ever the same as I can go from one request that is about speeding statistics to another that is about a high profile investigation. It is this variety that makes the role really enjoyable.

What do you find challenging with your role?

Most people in the force think that Freedom of Information is optional and there is no legal basis behind it. They don’t tend to realise that we have a legal duty to respond within a set 20 working days. 

Describe yourself in three words:

Ambitious, Funny and Positive!

What book is on your bedroom table?

I have just finished Avenger of Rome by Douglas Jackson.

What’s your favourite film?

It has to be Kingdom of Heaven. It’s probably the most underrated film ever!

What’s your best Police memory?

Last year I helped a mother get her son’s criminal record clear. The record was hindering her son from ever obtaining a job for which he had overcome quite a lot in his personal life to become qualified for. A lot of effort went into dealing with her application from a number of departments. I was happy that I could help her and the right result was definitely achieved.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?

I would love to become an investigator in the Anti Corruption Unit as the work they do is extremely important and would definitely be interesting. Failing that I think I would really enjoy being an officer working on the beat.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?

Check my emails and then work out my ‘To do List’ for the day.

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?

I touched upon this earlier but there seems to be a myth that Freedom of Information is optional and doesn’t need to be taken seriously. It does! It’s potentially a criminal offence if we don’t respond

On Duty With… Hayley Peacher, Police Support Volunteer Coordinator

Hayley PeacherTell us a little bit about what you do:

I currently am the Police Support Volunteer coordinator for the City Centre police station taking on such duties as community consultations and staffing partnership events. As a volunteer I also arrange and conduct the city BCU (Basic Command Unit) PSV (Police Support Volunteer) interviews along side a Sergeant. When a candidate is successful I then help to introduce them into the role of PSV.

What’s the best bit about what you do?

Being part of a team, working along side some of the friendliest people I have ever met.

Meeting people that I never would have met and having the opportunity to be involved in projects that truly make difference.

What do you find challenging with your role?

Scheduling my time to get the best out of my self and the volunteering team at Mansfield House.

Describe yourself in three words:

Honest, loyal and hard-working.

What book is on your bedroom table?

Blackstone’s General Policing Duties.

What’s your favourite film?

Jaws.

What’s your best Police memory?

It would have to be a consultation survey that I did: I called upon an address to find an elderly gentleman crying; his wife had not long passed away. I sat talking with him for around an hour. He told me all about his life with her and their final days together. I must say it left me with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye. I really feel I made him feel a little bit better and I now try to visit him when I am in that area. The best survey I have ever done. He only had nice things to say about city centre policing and asked that we keep up the good work.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?

I would love to be a police officer working with vulnerable victims.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?

Check my emails and say hi to everyone.

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?

Some people see volunteers to be incapable of taking on the more important tasks, that we may be unreliable and need babysitting, this is not true!

On Duty With… Laura Saunders, Equality Officer

Laura SaundersTell us a little bit about what you do:
I am an Equality Officer and have responsibility for the areas of race, religion and belief, sexual orientation, transgender, marriage and civil partnership.  Part of my role is to benchmark our policies and practices to measure our commitment to these areas of equality.  I work with colleagues within the organisation and external partners to raise awareness and look at how we can improve things.  I deliver diversity inputs to staff joining the organisation and give advice about completing equality impact assessments.

What’s the best bit about what you do?
Raising awareness of issues that affect minority groups and helping to make a difference to their working environment.

What do you find challenging with your role?
That this area of work is so vast, there is always lots to keep me busy and I constantly have to re prioritise my work to keep up with emerging issues and things that happen.

Describe yourself in three words:
Resilient, organised, content

What book is on your bedroom table?
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

What’s your favourite film?
Serendipity

What’s your best Police memory?
My “Passing Out Parade” at Bruche where you marched in a parade before you came back to the force to become an operational officer – I was in the last cohort to train there before it closed.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?
Kennel Assistant in the dog section!

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?
That equality issues are just for the equality unit to deal with, in reality everyone has a part to play and can make a difference.

On Duty With… Calum Loades, Police Volunteer

Calum LoadesTell us a little bit about what you do
I’m a police support volunteer working predominantly in Blaby District. I work as a part of a National Award winning group. We do a variety of tasks on behalf of Blaby LPU and Blaby District Council. These include fitting Memocams, which is installing surveillance cameras in properties, visiting victims of crime, setting up No Cold Calling Zones (NCCZs) and selling security aids including SmartWater.

What’s the best bit about what you do?
I most enjoy helping victims of crime to be more security aware, and to see that after our visit, they feel more reassured in themselves as well as being more security conscious.

What do you find challenging with your role?
Trying to fit everything around college studies and other community work.

Describe yourself in three words:
Patient, approachable and determined.

What book is on your bedroom table?
The book that is on my bedside table is a book that the Chief Constable continually recommends, Blue Blood by Edward Conlon.

What’s your favourite film?
I love anything action or comedy but my favourite film(s) has to be Police Academy.

What’s your best Police memory?
Doing my first visit to a crime victim and to see them feel more reassured and uplifted after we had finished. After that visit we received a hand written letter from the lady we visited.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?
I would join as a police officer which I plan to do after my studies.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?
If I’m in an office I check the news and get my emails. If I’m going out to do a job, I will meet other volunteers at Blaby LPU and prepare the kit to go.

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?
As a volunteer you can put as many or as little hours as you would like in to it.

On duty with… PCSO of the year, Allan Charles

PCSO_Allen_Charles3(1)Tell us a little bit about what you do
I am one of the visible faces and point of contact on the beat in New Parks. I deal with low level crime, assist my police colleagues with incidents and attend neighbourhood meetings.

What’s the best bit about what you do?
Making a positive impact on the people who live in the area. Whether it’s visiting victims of crime and offering reassurance or visiting community centre meetings and enjoying a cuppa with the elderly community.

What do you find challenging with your role?
As I have a huge amount of pride for my role, my team and the community, I take it really personally and find it a challenge if a spike of crime occurs in the neighbourhood.  Being a proactive PCSO, I undertake many visits to people to ascertain as much information as possible in order to tackle the problems and prevent further victims of crime.  More often than not, this results in my duties being changed at short notice, but I’m happy to accommodate this in order to find the cause of the crime.

Describe yourself in three words
‘Sporty’, I like to play football with the kids on the estate, ‘fair’, I was recently told that by a member of the public and ‘approachable’.

What book is on your bedroom table?
I don’t generally read books, but do read the local paper.

What’s your favourite film?
Bad Boys is my favourite.  It’s a police action film starring Will Smith, who is one of the world’s best actors.

What’s your best Police memory?
Two spring to mind, firstly, I came across elderly lady who had fallen over and I waited with her until the ambulance arrived to assist.  A short while after, I visited her to make sure that she was okay and she wrote in to say thank you.  It’s really nice when I make the time to do things like that.

The second was an incident where a call was received from a mother who had concern for her son who was diabetic.  A colleague and I forced the door and found the man in a very poor state and immediately called for ambulance assistance.  A few weeks later I was patrolling the beat and saw the man, who thanked me for saving his life. Its things like that that really make a difference.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?
I’d love to work in the Dog Unit.  I’ve always been brought up having dogs in the family, so I feel that I would find it the most rewarding section to be part of.  I hope to join the unit in the future.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?
I book on and check the latest crime and intelligence to find out about what’s going on the beat.

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?
That we don’t sit around drinking tea and eating donuts in the station – I wish we had time to do that!

On Duty with… Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward

Detective Chief Inspector Rich WardTell us a little bit about what you do:
I have responsibility for the daily management of crime across Leicestershire and Rutland and I am also the force lead for burglary, so I have to make sure we continue to reduce house burglaries.

What’s the best bit about what you do?
I am very passionate about investigating crime so I absolutely love what I do.  I have the opportunity to make a real difference in respect of how we tackle crime and criminality across the county which is very rewarding especially when we get the result and you see the reduction in crime and benefit for our local communities.

What do you find challenging with your role?
Continuing to reduce crime year on year is extremely challenging however this motivates me even more.

Describe yourself in three words:
Determined, resourceful and fair.

What book is on your bedroom table?
The Art of Being Brilliant

What’s your favourite film?
Anchor man and Heat.

What’s your best Police memory?
Being told that I had passed my assessment day for the police and being offered the job.

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?
I would love to have worked within the Road Policing Unit as a Traffic Officer.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?
Check the overnight crime and ensure we have taken immediate opportunities to identify and arrest suspects and then plan and prepare the daily crime management meeting with the nine Local Policing Units.

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?
That police officers sit around waiting for the next incident to be reported. Police officers have very diverse and difficult roles to fulfil and they have to balance so many competing demands for their time.

 

On Duty with… PCSO Bryan Johnson

Bryan JohnsonTell us a little bit about what you do:
I am a Professional Development Officer/PCSO Co-ordinator working within the Counties Professional Development Unit (PDU). My role is to plan, liaise with, direct and support the PCSO student officers through their one year training programme in consolation with De Montfort University, the Learning and Development department, and also through contact with PCSO student officers, practice tutors, supervisors, PDU managers and De Montfort University. I also help to identify and facilitate development needs, including knowledge and skills. I monitor the PCSO student officers’ performance, community engagements and other operational activities in line with neighborhood policing.

I co-ordinate and assist in the assessment of PCSO student officers and provide advice on policy and operational matters relating to the PCSO role, assist with PCSO recruitment, monitor the deployment of student officers, and ensure that risk assessments are completed for community engagement. I’m also involved in the preparation and planning of traffic management issues in relation to major events and deployment and supervision of personnel engaged with the event.

What’s the best bit about what you do?
Seeing new PCSO students join the Force and be a part of their development which includes going out on patrol with them, giving advice when needed and helping to develop them through the qualification process.

What do you find challenging with your role?
Sorting out tutors, shifts, etc when we get new PCSO students. But I do enjoy the challenge.

Describe yourself in three words:
Professional, approachable, organised

What book is on your bedroom table?
Camera books

What’s your favourite film?
Zulu

What’s your best Police memory?
Being told I got the job

If you could do any other role in the Police, what would it be?
Operations planning which involves planning for major events, giving advice on traffic issues, planning staff and locating them to traffic points such as Caribbean Carnival, sorting out staff for traffic duties for events such as Diwali

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?
Get a cup of tea

If you could put right one myth about your role or the Police what would it be?
We are all professional and work hard