Anti-social behaviour Awareness Week saw increased foot patrols and support for the elderly in Suffolk, says chief constable Steve Jupp
July saw us focus on anti-social behaviour which is also known as ASB. This is a huge part of neighbourhood policing and can affect any individual or individuals within the community.
The consequence on people’s lives can be devastating and for that reason alone it deserves the attention it receives.
Given that ASB is so wide reaching we recognise that there are partners such as housing associations and local councils who can collectively come together to deter such behaviour.
We are all improving at working with each other on these matters and will continue to do so.
Our neighbourhood partnership teams and safer neighbourhood teams have worked to create drive, focus and consideration via the ASB Awareness Week. This ran from 19 -25 July.
We set up crime prevention stands in town centres such as Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Mildenhall and Sudbury so that we could talk to people about this issue. We used our digital presence to communicate with those that follow us on social media and shared lots of literature on the topic so people feel they understand what can constitute ASB and also how to deal with it.
We know that often the elderly can feel vulnerable in this area so one of our engagement officers attended the Rural Coffee Caravan at Combs to speak with them and offer support.
We increased foot patrols in areas we thought would benefit and carried out surveys to understand more about residents’ concerns.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore joined us in Haverhill which was a great opportunity for the fielding of several questions by members of the public. This was great to see as those who live in our communities will often play a big role in tackling matters like ASB.
If you are affected by it or know someone who is then do speak to us or our partners so that collectively we can make a positive difference.
The new joint station, serving the Stowmarket area, boasts a range of green credentials and is expected to be operational in June 2022. This facility is the latest in a programme of joint fire and police stations across the county, aiming to reduce costs for both public services and improve joined-up work between the two blue-light services.
The Stowmarket station is the first new build that has been undertaken by this blue light collaboration to date, the 11 other shared stations have all involved refurbishment and extensions on existing fire station sites. It was great to mark the start of works on this exciting project last month.
We are always looking for people to join the Suffolk Special Constabulary, and plans are currently in place to put some Specials in specialised roles going forward.
Three new fully trained Special Constables have recently joined the Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing team (RAPT) in a trial which commenced on July 1, 2021.
A need was identified to focus training and development of the Special Constabulary into specialist areas, and this is the first area to focus on.
The new Specials Roads Policing team was launched with the vision to recruit a small number of selected Specials who would be trained to the same standard and level as their regular colleagues to fully support and enhance the team.
Looking at other forces and how they train and integrate theirs specials into the Roads Policing team clearly underpinned Suffolk’s vision which focuses on the on the fatal four: speeding, drug and drink driving, seatbelts and using mobile phones while driving.
Current members of the Special Constabulary who were interested in these roles went through the same robust recruitment process that regular officers achieve. Initial uptake was high which resulted in 3 applicants being successful for the trial.
Two officers will be based in Bury and the third at police headquarters. Each Special Constable will deploy in a RAPT vehicle and will complete a minimum of 40 hours to ensure retention of their skills and experience.
Already one officer has completed 112 hrs in the first month which is a tremendous achievement.
The new Specials Roads Policing Unit has created a much-needed additional flexible resource and once fully qualified these specials will be able to deploy countywide to support RAPT in policing Suffolk’s strategic road network.
Next, we will be looking at putting Specials into specialist roles within our Crime Safeguarding and Incident Management Department.
Future plans are also in place to enhance the support our Specials provide in Cybercrime so please look out for future recruitment information about volunteering from our Citizens in Policing team if this is an area that is of interest to you or contact them now for more details on SPvolunteers@suffolk.police.uk
Additionally, we are still currently recruiting for full time police officers - if you are interested in joining us full details are can be found on our constabulary website.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning we currently have a Click Before You Call campaign to help you save time when contacting our control room.
Instead of calling our 101 number in a non-emergency it is likely to be quicker to log on to ‘Suffolk.police.uk/contact us’ to report an issue.