Welcome to the first edition of what will be a regular update from myself about policing in Rutland.
I have now been the police commander here for nearly a year and am both proud and privileged to work here. Thankfully Rutland is a very safe place to live and crime is low. That does not mean we are complacent, and me and my team will continue to work hard to tackle the issues that matter to you.
In 2011 Rutland Church Watch was launched PC Paul Le Pla, who is the Beacon Officer for the Rutland South Safer Neighbourhood Team. This had followed a spate of lead thefts across Rutland and Leicestershire, and in November 2013 we celebrated two years without an incident of lead theft from a church in Rutland.
Unfortunately our ‘duck’ was broken so to speak with the report of a lead theft from St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Church Lane, Preston, at the end of March. We are disappointed with this incident and will continue to work hard to prevent further thefts
Pc Le Pla is keen to recruit new members to Churchwatch and to take part is very simple. We are asking everyone living near or within sight of a church to be our eyes and ears and call the police with information. You can ring 101 or 999 in an emergency
We would also like people to sign up to our community messaging service, Neighbourhood Link. Through this you can receive information and advice by email.www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk
We are fortunate to have excellent support from volunteers who do a great deal to support the police team at Rutland and make the county a safer place to live and work in. I am aware that speeding is a major concern for many people who live in Rutland, and in October 2013 we launched Community Speedwatch with the support of volunteers.
Volunteers have been trained to use a hand-held radar gun so they can record the speed of passing vehicles. As an alternative to the radar gun, Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) can be positioned at the roadside to warn motorists if they are travelling at an excessive speed.
Being recorded by one of the devices does not lead to prosecution – drivers receive a warning letter from the police instead – and the scheme helps towards underlining the community’s commitment to getting drivers to behave responsibly towards others and to reduce their speed.
Over the course of the summer months the Community Speedwatch volunteers will be visiting many parts of the county. Do your bit by driving safely and keeping to the speed limit.
We formally launched Police Community Volunteers on Horseback on the 10th December 2013. We now have 49 recruits who have completed nearly 1000 hours of volunteering whilst exercising their horses, keeping their eyes and ears peeled. This has been an outstanding success. The support has been overwhelming.
We enjoyed some excellent publicity – have a look at us on YouTube. We already have interest from eight other forces about this scheme.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Rutland Police you can contact me by ringing 101, and when prompted key in my identification number 4004 and leave me a message.
Hands across the border
Cross border criminality continues to be the focus of our attention in reducing crime in Rutland. We work closely with our colleagues in adjoining counties and over the summer months we will be embarking on an operation with Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire
We have recently positioned two very large LED matrix on the A1 advising the public of a “Police Operation Rutland”. This operation has been a huge success and has been very well received, with many Rutlanders contacting me saying that they find this very re-assuring that their local police are on the “front foot”.
On a personal note I have had the pleasure of attending the Rutland Young Peoples’Awards Ceremony on the 13 March 2014 which was held at Oakham Castle. It was a privilege to have been asked and this event celebrated the excellence of the young people within Rutland.
We are always keen to find out what your concerns are, and I would ask that you take a few moments to complete this short survey, which can be found by visiting this link.
Inspector Lou Cordiner