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Chief’s Blog December 15 2014

Last week saw something of a watershed moment for the force and our partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as we hosted the first Working Together Summit.

More than 160 people from organisations across the force area came together at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday to share views, insight and radical ideas for transforming the way we do business.

While the force has a long history of working closely with our partners, there is undoubtedly more that can and needs to be done to revolutionise joint working and problem-solving in order to meet the financial and resource challenges of the future.

One of the highlights was a presentation by ACC Phil Kay, which graphically demonstrated the breadth of demand we now face in policing. The fact is that crime is only a relatively small percentage of the totality of what we deal with and I know that many of our partners were taken aback by the scale and nature of incidents we attend.

I shared with the conference one of my favourite quotations, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which anyone who has visited my office will know has long been writ large on the whiteboard in my office. It epitomises the challenge that we all face to reduce the demands on our services:  “There comes a point you have to stop pulling people out of the river, get upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, our Bishop, danced expertly through challenging questions for senior leaders, including the Chief Officer team, as an independent facilitator. As a legacy of his 16 years as the Bishop of Leicester, he set us a key challenge: to turn the many ideas that emerged from the event into real action.

Health and welfare features heavily in some of the additional demand upon our service – we attend concerns for the welfare of individuals in the community every 16 minutes. Last Friday the Chief and Senior Officer Team discussed work to understand that demand more fully and to consider how we can deal with it more efficiently with other agencies.

I would like to publically thank Bishop Tim for his huge contribution to the debate and Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon and his team, who worked incredibly hard to make it happen. Rob will be leading on this important work and we will, of course, keep you updated with developments as it progresses.

It was a huge honour to be able to speak about the work of the force as a guest speaker at the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology on Tuesday evening. This gave students an insight into the challenges of modern policing, from the local to the global, tacking threats such as cybercrime, modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.

The following day I had the opportunity to take a last look around the Bramshill, which after nearly 60 years of being occupied by the police is being vacated by the College of Policing. The British National Police Library, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, the National Missing Persons Bureau and Serious Crime Analysis Centre, as well as the training facilities for senior leaders, will all be moving to new premises in 2015. I took the opportunity during a training event on cyber crime and CSE to say a personal farewell to the grand old house – and to have a photo for old time’s sake.

arrived back at Force Headquarters to sign the Time to Change pledge along with the Police and Crime Commissioner. We are the third force to sign the pledge and commit to a national campaign to end the stigma associated with mental ill health and tackle mental health discrimination in the workplace.

Part of that drive the force will involve an independent audit of support services for officers and staff who experience mental ill health, which affects one in four people in the UK. To find out more about what you can do to support colleagues click here.

Chief’s Blog December 08 2014

The ties that bind the officers and staff of Leicestershire Police as a family are strong and achieve some remarkable results.

This was clear for all to see last week as Bharat Soma began a 23-year prison sentence for a brutal knife attack on a young couple as they walked along a city street in broad daylight.

Mr Justice Saunders praised the swift actions of the first officers at the scene as Darshana Narotam and Prashant Govinde lay with grievous injuries in East Park Road last January. Their tremendous efforts to save life – the first principle of policing – were captured on body-worn video played to the jury. The officers had the presence of mind to use that technology to record what they believed may be the dying statements of the victims and secure vital evidence against their attacker.

This was followed by a painstaking investigation led by the Force Serious Crime Team, supported by our forensics and Criminal Justice teams. Incidents like this demonstrate the dedication and professionalism of our workforce and everyone who played a part should be very proud of their contribution.

Cases such as this also demonstrate the care that we and our partners provide for victims of crime. A great deal of work is currently being undertaken to improve victim care still further, commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Victims are the most important people in any investigation and the reason why we do what we do. The Police Service and our Criminal Justice colleagues have a duty to support people who have suffered harm from the moment they report a crime through to giving evidence in court and beyond.

It was good to see we had a really positive response to the recent visit of the Health Bus, provided by Police Mutual, with 167 employees taking the opportunity to have a free medical check-up. Meanwhile many of you also took the opportunity to have a financial check-up with PMAS advisors.

Last Tuesday I welcomed the High Sheriffs of Leicestershire and Rutland to Force Headquarters for a tour of our many departments. They were very impressed by what they saw, from the “calm and efficient” work in the control room to new developments in our forensics teams. They have asked me to thank all of those who made them feel so welcome and for giving them an insight into the huge amount of work that goes on “behind the scenes”.

Tuesday marked the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and I attended a special event at De Montfort University to speak about the work we do as a force to combat modern slavery. It is hard to believe that nearly than 200 years after William Wilberforce led the campaign to abolish slavery, human beings continue to be trafficked and forced into slavery and servitude in the UK. Nine years ago Leicestershire was one of the first forces in the UK to successfully prosecute a case of international trafficking for sexual exploitation and for the last seven years we have trained all new recruits in spotting the signs of trafficking and slavery. We have investigated a number of cases, the majority of which have led to prosecution, and secured the freedom of some very vulnerable individuals.

Next year the Government will introduce the Modern Slavery Act which will streamline and strengthen our powers to tackle those who trade in human misery. You can find out more about the new measures here. This is an issue which we shall overcome only with the help of communities and I took the opportunity to encourage more people to report any suspicions either directly to us or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They can now translate calls in 150 languages!

Building trust in communities is a key factor in encouraging more widespread reporting of serious crimes. I have been greatly impressed by the work that Acting Special Sergeant Izzy Kos has been doing using social media to engage with the Polish community in Leicestershire and beyond. Izzy and our Social Media Team have developed a Polish language Facebook account which now has nearly 3,000 followers in Leicester and many more all over the world. The number of followers has doubled in the last two months alone. This is a groundbreaking project which is transforming the way the people we serve communicate with us, as well as highlighting our work and local issues to a global audience.

We police 365 days a year and, like many other caring professions, Christmas is one of our busiest times of the year. Our officers and staff have been out and about across the force area targeting would-be “Grinches” and helping those who need our help and support as the number of Christmas shopping days edges towards single figures. Thank you to all who dealt with some very challenging incidents over the weekend.

Congratulations to all of those who found out last week that they were successful at the recent boards for promotion to Inspector. They are:

Chris Baker

Stephen Bunn

Dan Eveleigh

John Farndon

Reme Gibson

Mike Phillips

Nicola Preston

Steff Shellard

Mark Sinski

David Swift-Rollinson

Rob Widdowson

 

On Sunday retired colleagues regaled DCC Edens, ACC Kay, ACC Bannister and I with stories of Christmas past at the National Association of Police Officers’ festive lunch. This year we were joined by a very special guest – former Chief Constable Matt Baggott. Matt has very fond memories of his time here in Leicestershire and has asked me to pass on his best wishes to all of our staff and their families over the festive season.

 

 

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!