Funding success for crime fighting projects
Almost £900,000 additional funding is now available to tackle crime in Northamptonshire, thanks to two successful bids to the Government that were co-ordinated by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.
Action to tackle gang related and serious violence in Northamptonshire has received a £627,000 boost from the Home Office, while £250,000 from the Ministry of Justice will be used to create a new facility in Kettering to divert women from crime.
The Home Office funding will be used to develop programmes to prevent vulnerable young people from becoming involved in gang activity.
Northamptonshire Police, the Youth Offending Service and other partners will work with young people who are at risk of becoming involved in violence, including providing specialist support to keep them in education or training – many young people already involved with the criminal justice system in Northamptonshire have been excluded from school, often for violent behaviour.
Mentoring will also be provided by an ex-gang member – now an experienced youth worker – who will work directly with young people at risk of, or already involved in, gang activity.
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, said: “I’m very pleased that the strength of the work we are doing in Northamptonshire means that we will benefit from this extra funding. Gang activity is emerging as a significant issue in this county and all the evidence tells us that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem – we need to intervene early to give young people positive role models and opportunities for a life away from crime.”
New facility in Kettering will support vulnerable women
A grant of £250,000 from the Ministry of Justice will be invested in programmes to help support women offenders and reduce the level of reoffending in Northamptonshire.
The funding will enable the setting up of a second branch of The Good Loaf in Kettering to divert women who are at risk of being drawn into crime and support those who have already committed low-level offences.
The Good Loaf is a highly-successful social enterprise bakery, which provides work programmes and job opportunities for women wanting to break the cycle of unemployment, offending and poverty.
The new site in Kettering will be the hub for a dedicated service providing practical support tailored to address the specific needs of women and the causes of their offending behaviour. It should open in Spring 2019.
There will be early intervention programmes to divert women from crime as well as structured work experience and training for ex-offenders. Community treatment programmes will also be provided as an alternative to custody for women who have committed low-level offences.
Suzy Van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer of The Good Loaf, said: “We feel privileged to be funded by The Ministry of Justice to expand our work in the county alongside our criminal justice colleagues.”
Viper strikes at crime
Operation Viper, a Northamptonshire Police operation cracking down on serious and organised crime, has been going from strength to strength.
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has given the operation extra funding to provide 13 additional days of police action. These have focussed on people believed to be involved in a range of serious crimes such as drug supply and firearms offences.
And over the summer, officers working on Operation Viper have: made more than 500 arrests; executed 190 warrants and seized more than £20,000 in cash.
More than 200 knives or other weapons have been retrieved, along with a significant quantity of drugs.
Stolen property worth more than £300,000 has also been recovered.
Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov said: “People are rightly concerned about drug dealing and crime in their communities and these results show that we are actively targeting offenders across Northamptonshire. Operation Viper is an ongoing operation and we won’t let up: we intend to make a real impact on serious crime and ensure Northamptonshire is a hostile place for criminals.”
If you have any concerns or would like to report any information to police you can call 101, report crime online or via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Grosvenor Centre targets shoplifters
Every one of the 60 retail units in Northampton’s Grosvenor Centre has been signed up to work in partnership with the Northampton Retail Crime Initiative.
The Grosvenor Centre’s new management team wanted to take action to support and protect retailers in the centre, so has enrolled each Unit into the NRCI to enable them to benefit from initiatives designed to prevent, disrupt and deter retail crime.
The NRCI is part of the Northamptonshire Business Crime Partnership, which works closely with with the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Northamptonshire Police.
It provides retailers with the latest information and intelligence around prolific shoplifters and allows retailers to report crimes online.
The Partnership, which covers the whole county and now has almost 500 retail store members, also runs an Exclusion Order Scheme that targets prolific shoplifters and bans them from member stores.
Steve Lang from the NBCP said: “Shoplifting is not a victimless crime: The Centre for Social Justice estimated that nationally, police-recorded shop theft topped 385,000 offences last year but the true figure, based on Home Office assumptions, is closer to 38 million offences. In 2017, they estimated that shop theft cost £6.3bn – equivalent to £270 for every household in the country.
“Our Northamptonshire scheme is not replacing Police response but appropriately empowers retailers and Centre security.”
Four new police dogs reporting for duty
Four new police dogs will join Northamptonshire Police next week after their training officially finishes and they receive their licences to operate. These new recruits will join five canine colleagues who make up the existing team, almost doubling the size of the unit.
All four dogs and their handlers have been in training together for 13 weeks. This training includes obedience, agility, criminal work, tracking, building searching, open ground searching and searching for property.
Now PC Murray and PD Puma, PC Poole and PD Fama, PC Rowell and PD Kez and PC McGregor and PD Nula are ready to respond to incidents and catch the bad guys and girls.
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “Police dogs are a really important part of our Force: with their handlers, they are responsible for hundreds of arrests and seizures every year. They make an immense contribution to creating a safer county and I am so pleased that we now have these new canine recruits on the streets of Northamptonshire.”
Scheme to help protect people with dementia
If you care for someone living with dementia and worry they may go missing, a new scheme launched by Northamptonshire Police is here to help.
The Herbert Protocol is a form filled out by the person living with dementia, their family or carer, which covers key information including their description, a current photograph, medical information, favourite locations, hobbies, routines and more.
Stored safely in the home of the person it relates to, the form can be handed to police if they are reported missing, providing immediate, detailed insight into their life and habits to inform search efforts so they can be found as quickly as possible.
Superintendent Emily Vernon said: “By putting vital details straight into the hands of police officers out looking for the missing person, it means the search can cover the most relevant places first, helping to find them as quickly as possible.”
The Herbert Protocol form can be downloaded from the Northamptonshire Police website and completed electronically or by hand. If the person it relates to goes missing, call 999 immediately and tell the call handler that a completed Herbert Protocol form exists. It is then emailed or handed to police officers, and returned when the person is found.
Download the form and find out more at www.northants.police.uk/HerbertProtocol
Road safety alliance to reduce death and injury
A countywide road safety strategy has been launched to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries to motorists, riders and pedestrians on Northamptonshire’s roads.
Road safety in Northamptonshire has improved significantly over the last 20 years and the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads is at the lowest level since 1960, when figures were first recorded – despite the fact that the county’s roads are busier than ever before.
However 279 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Northants in 2017.
Now Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire County Council have come together as a Strategic Roads Alliance to develop and implement a new plan that will guide actions to make Northamptonshire’s roads and footpaths safer for everyone who uses them.
The plan brings together each of the partner organisations who have responsibility for different aspects of road safety – road design and engineering, enforcement, education and the continued monitoring of the steps taken towards improving road safety in Northamptonshire.
Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold and Chief Constable Nick Adderley set up their stall in Northampton’s Grosvenor Centre recently as part of a new programme of events to let members of the public have their say about policing and community safety issues.
This month they will be visiting Corby and next year, Stephen and Nick plan to visit a new location each month. We’ll publish the schedule as soon as possible, so look out for it on the website.