Police Constable Daniel Allen has been combating unlawful drug use and drug dealing in Hemel Hempstead since becoming a member of Hertfordshire Constabulary through Police Now’s Nationwide Graduate Management Programme.
PC Allen joined the service in the summertime of 2020, after working as a social employee in a psychological well being hospital and later as a college counsellor.
PC Allen mentioned: “Class A drug use and drug dealing has been a serious downside inside my ward. A variety of the individuals concerned are sometimes extremely susceptible and prone to exploitation. This additionally results in additional drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
“With the intention to tackle this, I led high-visibility police patrols in hotspot areas to behave as a deterrent for potential sellers and patrons. I additionally labored with colleagues and non-policing businesses to construct a wider patrol community and collect intelligence on individuals of curiosity.
“By way of intelligence gathering, we realised that lots of the recognized drug suppliers gave the impression to be linked to county strains operations or bigger organised crime teams. We targeted patrols additional in these areas and issued various warrants. We’re additionally working with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) workforce to supply additional attainable surveillance, to supply extra important proof and intel.
“Company and police consciousness is essential however it is usually important to make the general public conscious of the legality and penalties of drug use. I ran an consciousness marketing campaign to coach the general public on drug offences and their penalties, and likewise labored with native homeless shelters the place we had recognized drug customers. We spoke with them to get an understanding of the assist supplied by workers and care staff, and to supply people the assistance they wanted.
“Since all this work, we have now seen an enormous discount in experiences of drug use throughout my ward and, though there are a number of contributing components, I’ve additionally seen fewer incidents of drug-related crime. You actually could make a direct affect on individuals’s lives and your neighborhood as a neighbourhood officer, even early on in your profession.
“I believe Police Now actually pushes this problem-solving strategy to sort out points at their roots, whist providing assist and construction all through your utility course of and subsequent profession.”
Police Now has partnered with Hertfordshire Constabulary for 5 years and has recruited a complete of 61 police constables to the drive so far.
The Nationwide Graduate Management Programme is a structured, two-year programme which trains graduates to turn into leaders in neighbourhood policing. Officers on the programme work in neighbourhoods throughout England and Wales to rework communities, scale back crime and anti-social behaviour and enhance the general public’s confidence within the police service.
Purposes for the programme have now opened, alongside the launch of the Dwelling Workplace’s new commercial marketing campaign which calls on individuals to ‘be part of the police to make a distinction.’