Neighbourhood Team Changes
Our commitment to Poole and our communities is as strong as ever and we are committed to working with our communities to robustly tackle the issues that matter.
We will maintain contact with our communities whether they are geographically linked to an area, a social group or a school, through our PCSOs all of whom have an area of responsibility that they will retain ownership for – these are listed on the NPT page for each area. In conjunction with the other PCSOs they will come together to tackle an issue or attend a community event to support you.
Our Police officers have oversight on specific patches but will brief and work together to tackle specific issues and trends utilising their warranted powers to deal with wider scale issues affecting all our communities. To make this more efficient we have given our two Sergeants thematic responsibility for crime or ASB for the whole of Poole; this is more efficient as ASB perpetrators and criminals don’t work within boundaries so neither should we. These ‘themes’ will form the basis of the Priorities for the first Quarter and will be reviewed to provide updates on what we have done to tackle them.
Part of these changes also include the introduction of a new role – the Police Community Support Investigator. This new role is an important face-to-face contact with the public where they have been the victim of a crime – something the public have previously raised with the Force and we have listened to these concerns from our communities.
The introduction of this role will free up time for officers and PCSOs across Poole to tackle our ASB and Crime Themes.
Anti-Social Behaviour. Anti-social behaviour (ASB) affects everyone; it can be personal and targeted at an individual, it could be environmental such as graffiti or can just be general behaviour in an area which affects how residents feel about an area. ASB is large area of work and it is a force priority which we tackle it through Partnership working, Court orders, and intervention methods. Our ASB in Poole is either youth related in areas such as Poole Bus Station, Poole Park and more recently in the Rossmore area; or it is related to street drinking and drugs use in areas such as Ashley Road and the High Street. We work with the local authority Safer Communities Team, St Mungos, Children and Young Persons Services and the schools to tackle these issues
The lead for ASB in Poole is Sergeant Jane MOORE
County Lines Drug Dealing. 'County Lines' is a national issue which involves the exploitation of vulnerable young people and adults by violent members of drug networks and gangs in order to move and sell drugs across the country. The National Crime Agency (NCA) and police have identified that there is growing evidence of city-based drug networks extending their drug dealing activity into new areas, many of which are coastal and market towns. The gangs recruit vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. This has an impact on Young People who are at risk of being targeted by these groups but also links to our ASB above. This is a growing areas for police investigations and we are looking to tackle the issue in Poole before it gets a strong foothold.
The lead for County Lines in Poole is Sergeant Sean SNAITH
Acquisitive Crime. This is focused on burglary and vehicle crime both of which are very personal crimes as it involves a perpetrator invading your personal spaces. Dorset Police have a dedicated Priority Crime Team and your NPT will work closely with them to identify offenders and arrest them. We will target persistent offenders, and will actively seek to seize any asset they have gained as a result of their crimes.
The lead for Acquisitive Crime in Poole is Sergeant Sean SNAITH
Seasonal Crime. We know from previous years that we have an ASB and fire risk on our Urban Heaths through the Summer months which we manage with Operation Heathland; this has been a highly successful operation year ion year and we have seen a great reduction I the volume of heath related ASB but this does not mean we can relax. Last year we saw a rise in Beach Hut breaks and marine crime in the summer so we are working to put officers on patrol with the harbour masters and Beach Wardens. There is also a potential for a rise in anti-social use of motor vehicles who gather in car parks or ride through footpaths and grass areas which we will tackle and will look to seize any vehicles acting in such a manner. We also have high profile seasonal events we work closely with the council to manage from large scale events such as Sand Polo, Bike Night and the fireworks to local community events. Each of these will have a Sergeant Lead which we will update you with.
To do this we need your help; if you have any information on any of the priorities for Poole please get in touch with Dorset Police via 101; through the ‘Do It Online’ link from the force website and pass your information to the NPT. The more we know about; the more we can do. Let’s work together to make Poole safer.
Insp Adrian THOMPSON