Welcome to my latest update.
I am conscious that it has been a few months since my last update. As many of you will be aware, we have been through some significant organisational changes within Leicestershire Police over the past few months which has resulted in a very busy time. However the end result of all of the changes is that I am still here as the police commander for North West Leicestershire!
Police Constable Tom Longden who is one of the Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers working from Castle Donington, was recognised for his hard work when he was Highly Commended in the Leicestershire Police Investigator of the Year category at an awards event held at our headquarters in Enderby recently.
Nominees and winners of this award are usually dominated by detectives, and to the best of my knowledge Tom is the first non-detective to win an award in this category.
In a twelve month period Tom took on and investigated 88 crimes, and on a number of occasions he received praise from the Crown Prosecution Service for the quality of his work. Some of the investigations Tom has been involved in related to dogs, and Tom has developed his knowledge and expertise in this area and has successfully applied for five dog control orders. I am delighted that Tom has been recognised for his hard work as he is an asset to the local police team in particular and the community in general.
At the same award ceremony our Special Constables received the Saville Cup as the Leicestershire Police Special Constable Team of the Year. During the year 2014-15 the North West Leicestershire Special Constables contributed over 5,700 hours of duty time, equating to a public saving that runs into six figures. They were involved in 47 arrests, and ran several operations including Operation Headley which targeted crime at major events and other operations targeting cross-border criminality. We are lucky to have a dedicated and enthusiastic group of officers who provide police support and assistance across North West Leicestershire.
Special Constables are volunteer police officers and work in their own time helping to make their local communities safer. I am delighted that our team has received the Saville Cup in recognition for their hard work.
An important part of the work we do in North West Leicestershire involves partner agencies.
In April together with Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the Environment Agency and Trading Standards, we carried out an intelligence led operation which targeted offences related to the use of commercial vehicles. This included defective vehicles, unregistered waste carriers and the illegal use of red (duty free) diesel. During the course of the operation we stopped over 70 vehicles, and a number of offences were discovered including vehicle defects, using a mobile phone whilst driving and VOSA also dealt with two vehicles that also had defects.
As well as multi-agency operations like this we also regularly run local operations to target community concerns for example anti-social behaviour, speeding and parking particularly in and around schools.
We regularly consult with local people to help us understand concerns and identify our priorities. You can take part by visiting this link. Consultation survey
On a sad note, last month a member of our Front Desk team, George Hailstones passed away following a short illness. George had come to us last year having worked as a Police Community Support Officer in the Roads Policing Team and before that as a Traffic Warden.
He was a quiet unassuming man, and a proud Scot, he would no doubt have enjoyed the success of the Scottish National Party in the recent general election.
I together with a number of colleagues from different teams within Leicestershire Police attended George’s funeral which was a fitting and moving tribute.
That is all for this month
North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Commander
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