Neighbourhood Policing

Abingdon Area Neighbourhood Team Newsletter by Sergeant Tim Pavey

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Priority 1 - Burglary
On 12 October officers responded to an incident in Cumnor Hill resulting in two men being arrested on suspicion of burglary
Priority 2 - Violence
We have recently seen an increase in reports of dog attacks. We would like to remind dog owners to take reasonable steps to keep your dog under control. There is a video on our Facebook site with images of just how nasty one of these attacks can be. Please remember to use leads and muzzles where appropriate
Priority 3 – Anti social behaviour (ASB)
Following an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour in Abingdon Town Centre and Abbey Meadows the Neighbourhood Team, alongside our colleagues from the Mounted Section, have been patrolling and identifying those responsible. Work is ongoing with people signing up to Acceptable Behaviour Contracts. We are determined to prevent this small minority of young people causing harassment for other people and businesses and are pleased to report very few incidents reported to us over Halloween.
What else have we been up to?
PCSO Adi Wright attended a ‘Fighting Crime and Prejudice with Pride’ conference, the first conference of its kind to be held by TVP. At this event Adi learned about many of the issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community. This training will be pivotal in building relationships and connections between the Police and the LGBT+ community.
PC Carl Bryant and PCSO Miles Miller assisted our colleagues in the Ambulance Service with First Aid Training with the students at Abingdon and Witney College. This included inputs in the recovery position, CPR and use of the defibrillator.
Many of the team were involved in patrolling the Michaelmas Fair. The vast majority of people were out to enjoy their evening, but positive action was taken against those intent on causing disruption for others with an arrest made for Racially Aggravated Public Order, dispersal notices issued to those causing Anti-Social Behaviour and alcohol being seized.
The team were also involved in working with Trading Standards targeting rogue traders on a county-wide day of action.
A Test Purchase Operation was carried out across the Vale and South testing local hotels’ reaction to a plain clothes officer attempting to book a double room with a 14-year-old child. This test for understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation ran alongside testing the reaction to the adult attempting to buy alcohol for the child at the bar. There was a mixed bag of results with some hotels previously tested and educated reacting really well but others clearly needing improvement. Training in this area will be delivered with our colleagues in Licensing and at the Council in the near future.
Offenders brought to Justice
David Evans (50) of Turberville Close, Abingdon was charged with one count of s.18 GBH following an assault in Bath Street, Abingdon on 01 October.
Damani Fredricks (43) of Church Road, Northolt, London was jailed for four years and nine months for drug offences in Abingdon on 05 October after a three-day trial.
Cheyenne Webb (24) of Majoram Close, Oxford was jailed following offences of possession of an offence weapon and disqualified driving in Abingdon on 24 October. He was sentenced to 4 months in prison.
Witness Appeals
There was a spate of criminal damages to a property in St Helen’s Court, Abingdon at the end of October, with incidents occurring on the evenings of 21, 22 and 26. If anyone who lives in the area has seen anyone suspicious please get in contact with the team.
Crime prevention advice
An elderly lady in Kennington was subjected to ‘courier fraud’, whereby she received a phone call from someone pretending to be the police. She was asked to withdraw £6,000 from her bank, package it up and give it to a courier. The Police will NEVER ask people to withdraw money. If you receive a phone call of this nature, hang up, dial 1471 and obtain a number if one is left and then contact the police on 101.
And finally… PCSO Jason Bauer is the latest addition to the Abingdon Neighbourhood Team. Jason is very much looking forward to being out and about in your community and has a particular passion for tackling anti-social behaviour. Welcome Jason!

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Phone: 101
Always phone 999 in an emergency

Latest Thames Valley newsletter from Matthew Barber, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

 

Sajid Javid announced as new Home Secretary

The Prime Minister has just announced that Sajid Javid will take over from Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.

Having met Mr Javid on many occasions in his previous role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government I am hopeful that he will bring fresh thinking to the Home Office, particularly getting to grips with the police funding formula. The formula that distributes funding between police forces leaves Thames Valley significantly worse off per head of population when compared with other large forces.

I look forward to Sajid Javid visiting Thames Valley as he begins work in his new role. There is great innovations in the way the force is embracing technology and Thames Valley Police has been recognised by Inspectors as being one of the most efficient in the country. We need continued support for the Government to ensure the police have the tools to protect the public from the changing threats of modern crime. I hope that the new Home Secretary will deliver that support.

Serving the Thames Valley full-time

At their last meeting earlier this month the Thames Valley Police & Crime Panel confirmed my appointment as full-time Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner. Having served on a part-time basis since January 2017, I will be full-time from 21st May, allowing me to spend more time getting out and about across the Thames Valley.

As a result I have announced my intention to stand down as Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council on 16th May. Whilst much of my time I find myself at Headquarters (based in Kidlington), I try to make sure that I can get out to reach as many communities in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire as possible. As well as meeting with colleagues in the police and partners in local councils I am keen to meet with local residents groups and other voluntary organisations who may have issues regarding the policing of our three counties. Do please let me know if I can assist in your community.

Positive Relationships Programme

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is funding a Positive Relationships Programme aimed at supporting men who have been perpetrators of domestic abuse; helping them to find healthier, safer solutions to relationship based problems and conflict.

The programme which is being delivered by the Community Rehabilitation Company addresses key areas including increasing self and other awareness, self-efficacy and self-esteem, emotion regulation, alcohol awareness, social problem solving skills training, and skills and tools to resolve social problems and aggression within intimate relationships

It is being run across six delivery sites across the Thames Valley (Bicester, Reading, Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Oxford and Slough).  Each session takes place on a Saturday over a 12 week period with start dates every two months.

This is a voluntary programme. To be eligible individuals must be male, aged 18 or over, be repeat offenders against the same or multiple victims within a heterosexual relationship and assessed as being standard or medium risk of reoffending.

The victim must be supportive of the programme and priority will be given to cases where there is a child within the family or household.

More information and how to make a referral is available on the programme leaflet

Thames Valley Police welcomes Reverend Helen Arnold as new chaplain

Thames Valley Police and the Diocese of Oxford are delighted to confirm that the Reverend Helen Arnold is to take up the role of Lead Chaplain.

Helen will co-ordinate a team of around 30 volunteer chaplains who provide personal, practical and spiritual care to the force’s officers, staff and their families of all faiths and none. Helen takes over from the Revd Canon David Wilbraham, who was Thames Valley Police chaplain for over 10 years before being recently licensed as the National Police Chaplain.

Commenting on the appointment Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “I am delighted to welcome Helen to Thames Valley Police. Our volunteer chaplain team has grown substantially under the stewardship of the Revd Canon David Wilbraham and are the source of great care and support for our officers, staff and volunteers. Helen’s experience and passion for working across denominations and cultures will be of particular value to our force and the communities of Thames Valley.”

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester and the lead Bishop nationally for police chaplaincy, said: “Helen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this important role. Chaplains provide invaluable support to police officers and staff as they work, often in challenging circumstances, to tackle crime and keep our communities safe.”

Fire and police use light touch to keep cyclists safe

Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’s Road Safety Education Team and colleagues from Thames Valley Police joined forces to raise the profile of cycle safety in Oxford last night.

Police stopped cyclists seen riding without lights but, in an effort to try and educate riders, instead of receiving a penalty ticket, they were offered a free set of bicycle lights, fitted by Fire and Rescue Service officers.

In the two hours from 7-9pm on Oxford High Street, 57 sets (front and rear) lights were given out to cyclists . All of those invited to take the lights and education message did so.

Be safe, be seen

As well as promoting the use of lights and high visibility clothing to cyclists, the Road Safety Team also encourage cyclists to ensure they have a properly maintained/road worthy bicycle, get more training if they feel they need it and wear a cycle helmet in case they fall off their bike.

In addition, the county council offers all primary schools in Oxfordshire the opportunity to provide cycle training to their 9-11 year old students.

Children taking part in cycle training (National Standard level 1 & 2) learn about rules of the road, rights of way and how to make safer decisions, on the move in traffic. Almost 2,600 children benefit each year from these vital safety lessons, with a further 185 youngsters receiving similar from the government grant scheme, Bikeability.

It is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors. Exactly which lights and reflectors, where to fit them and when to light up, is defined by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations.

Essentially, the minimum is:

  • Lights (and reflectors) are required on a pedal cycle only between sunset and sunrise.
  • Lights (and reflectors) are not required when the cycle is stationary or being pushed along the roadside.
  • When they are required, the lights and reflectors listed below must be clean and working properly.

Any offences are dealt with in Thames Valley by way of a diversion course which is an on-line learning package which cost £30 or a fixed penalty notice of £50 with no option to do a diversion course.

 

Latest Thames Valley newsletter from Matthew Barber, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

 

Police helmets are being reintroduced across the Thames Valley

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has announced that Thames Valley Police will be bringing back Custodian Helmets.

The helmets have not been a part of the official uniform for Thames Valley Police since 2009 when male uniformed officers were provided with uniform caps instead.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said: “I have felt very strongly for a number of years that officers patrolling the streets of Thames Valley need to be more visible. I believe that wearing the custodian helmet not only increases visibility but also makes them more approachable and provides greater reassurance to the public. The custodian helmet is an iconic symbol of British policing, still used by a number of metropolitan police forces, and I am delighted that they will be returning to the streets of Thames Valley.”

Police officers who took part in the trial ahead of the reintroduction have welcomed the move. One officer said: "After not being issued a custodian, I wore one for the first time this morning in Reading Town Centre. After being sceptical about its practicality/place for it in modern policing I have changed my views completely. The public love it, and I was approached by numerous people both young and old excited to see it. The general feedback: “it’s a lot smarter”, “you look like a proper British bobby”, and “they have to bring it back”. I agree there’s a time and a place for it - but high visibility town centre patrols are enhanced by wearing the custodian. The benefits far outweigh the negatives, and I would be fully supportive of bringing it back for foot patrol.”

Salisbury attack

The use of a nerve agent in Salisbury has Schofield the country and the Government is right to be taking strong action against Russia as a consequence. There is no specific intelligence to suggest any increased threat within the Thames Valley but the national threat level remains at Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Thames Valley has a significant counter terrorism capability through Counter Terrorism Policing South East to help keep the public safe, but we are all urges to be vigilant.

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: “It is vital for the public to know that no matter how small the matter might be, if you think it is suspicious and you have concerns, report it.

“Counter Terrorism Policing South East will take all information seriously, any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Communities are the key to defeating terrorism and you can help us prevent terrorism and save lives through your actions.”

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

In an emergency always call 999.

Policing the Royal Wedding

We are proud to police the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle and are working with our partners to deliver a safe and happy event. Last year it was announced that His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle would wed on 19th May, 2018, in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, followed by a carriage procession through Windsor town and a reception in St George’s Hall.

We are working with our partners, local business and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone. The wedding is expected to attract thousands of people from around the world to Windsor and planning is well under way. Visitors to the town can expect to see our officers, both armed and unarmed, our search dogs and our mounted section out and about in the coming weeks and months.

A broad range of visible security measures are already in place, such us the extensive network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers. There are also many security measures that you can’t see. As ever we encourage local businesses, our communities and visitors to continue to be our extra eyes and ears. If you see something that doesn’t look right, let us know and we will look into your concerns fully.

On the day if travelling by car, you may be stopped by one of our roads policing officers. If travelling by train, British Transport Police will be patrolling stations and carriages. Once you arrive in Windsor there will a screening and search regime. There will also be community wardens throughout the town centre. These are all part of our measures to keep you safe.

Our officers look forward to seeing you in Windsor. Feel free to approach them to ask questions or raise concerns or just to say hello.
 

Improving police technology

In addition to many meetings with groups and individuals around the Thames Valley listening to local concerns, this has been a busy month of national collaborations. Working with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the Police ICT Company (established by the APCC), Thames Valley is leading the way on embracing and developing new technology.

Whether it is simply making savings on basic IT costs or moving into new areas such as improving online reporting for the public or greater capability for digital investigations, technology has never been more important to policing.

The increase of online reporting capabilities due to go live later this year will not only make police services more convenient and accessible for the public but also deliver significant savings that can be reinvested in front line policing.

 

Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross

Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017. I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

 

Rural crime can take many different forms including burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage, fly tipping, poaching and hare coursing. We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime.

 

There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location.

 

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including:
Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly
Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use
Security marking your tools and equipment

 

For more crime prevention advice, and to see details of your local Rural Crime Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/rural-crime/

 

If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.

 

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