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Police initiative in Hasland targets anti-social behaviour, road safety and crime

Police in Hasland took part in a week long beat sweep to target anti-social behaviour, road safety, crime and reach out to members of the community.

Police officers, PCSOs, Special Constables and partnership agencies worked together to target issues which were highlighted as local concerns during the operation last week.

The week kicked off with a launch event at Eastwood Park on Saturday, 13 July.

It was set up to give local residents and community members the chance to meet their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team and some of the agencies and organisations the force work with, including Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Community First Responders, Neighbourhood Watch and 1625 Outreach youth workers.

Some of the specialist teams, including the Digital PCSO, roads policing unit, drone unit and police dog, also came along to give people the chance to find out more about their work, and residents were able to sign up to Derbyshire Alert, a free community messaging system.

On Sunday, 14 July, officer’s security marked more than 30 cycles in the area and gave advice about protecting them from crime.

There were two community litter picking sessions where the Hasland and St Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team joined local residents, volunteer Police Cadets, Neighbourhood Watch members and McDonalds staff to clear rubbish from the streets.

Road safety was in the hot seat on Tuesday, 16 July as Operation Safedrive came to the area. It brought together the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, roads policing unit, Special Constables, Derbyshire CREST, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Environmental Agency who carried out traffic checks.

A total of 44 vehicles were stopped during Operation Safedrive and officers issued traffic offence reports for six seatbelt offences, two for using a mobile phone while driving and one for a number plate offence.

A 43 year old woman from Hasland was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after she failed a roadside breath test.

Seven prohibition notices were issued to vehicles by the DVSA after they were found with defects and advice was given by the Environment Agency to six drivers of vehicles carrying waste.

Later in the week, five stores were visited by officers and Derbyshire Trading Standards to give advice around the sale of alcohol and nicotine, to make sure they were checking for identification and recording any refusals, along with other best practices for responsible retailers.

Patrols were carried out to target anti-social behaviour and a 26 year old man from Hady was given a caution for possession of Cannabis. Officers from the Chesterfield Youth Engagement Team also held patrols around school time and took part in assemblies to raise awareness of what anti-social behaviour is and how it can affect others.

Finally, a training day was organised to bring together Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Chesterfield Borough Council Community Safety Partnership, with the main aim of encouraging closer partnership working and problem solving within communities.

The initiative has taken place as part of the Safer Together campaign, which has so far seen several events held across Derbyshire to engage with local communities and help raise awareness of new investment in the force, which will see 120 new posts created working to improve police presence in neighbourhoods and bolster investigations.

The investment came after consultation with the public revealed they were willing to pay extra in council tax to fund an increase in police resources in neighbourhoods. Recruitment to the new roles is under way with posts all due to be in place by the end of the summer.

Inspector Dave Nicholls, of the Chesterfield Local Policing Unit, said: “We’ve had considerable success during the beat sweep week of action in Hasland, targeting issues around crime and anti-social behaviour which have been highlighted in the area, and also form part of our risk and threat areas as a force.

“It has been a great opportunity for us to showcase and strengthen our partnerships with the agencies and organisations we work alongside to make Derbyshire safer together, while taking time to engage with the residents of Hasland and the wider community.”

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