She stated: “In my function as a neighbourhood police officer in Watford, I’ve been working onerous to sort out problems with anti-social behaviour in residential areas. I’ve been specializing in Holywell, which has quite a few areas that present very best areas for low-level crime and drug dealing.
“I’ve constructed sturdy ties with the council and native Housing Affiliation to interact with the group, enhance CCTV cowl, assist residents higher defend their premises with doorbell cams and higher lighting, and determine and assist susceptible members of the group. We additionally ran a ‘safer streets’ consciousness day, as a part of the Safer Streets initiative, partaking with members of the group to lift consciousness of the problems and collect intelligence which can assist us convict offenders.
“You possibly can actually embed your self in a group and perceive the problems as a neighbourhood officer. It’s a superb place to launch a long-term profession in policing, as you construct a robust community of group contacts and work with a number of policing groups on all kinds of points.”
Police Constable Amy Griggs additionally joined Hertfordshire Constabulary by way of Police Now’s Nationwide Graduate Management Programme, after finishing a level in Economics on the College of Birmingham. She has since labored to forestall ‘cuckooing’ in a block of flats in Hertford.
She stated: “There’s a block of flats in my patch which has been a sizzling spot for ‘cuckooing’ – by which drug sellers take over the house of a susceptible particular person and use it as a base for county strains drug trafficking. The neighbourhood policing crew had some success coping with this up to now, however I noticed that the problem was on the rise once more. I made a decision to behave rapidly and sort out the issue early, earlier than it may change into a bigger subject once more.
“I labored with Police Neighborhood Assist Officers (PCSOs) to interact with the residents on the flats, to assemble intelligence and determine susceptible people. This additionally acted as a high-visibility deterrent to potential offenders.
“We had been capable of safeguard a person who was notably inclined to cuckooing, and I’m presently working with the Housing Affiliation to discover a safer place for them to reside.
“What drew me to neighbourhood policing was this skill to guard the susceptible and sort out crime at its roots via efficient problem-solving. You could have a specific amount of autonomy within the function too, which I like. You resolve what issues to give attention to and what your method can be and you’ve got actual accountability from day one. The job actually is what you make it.”
Police Now has partnered with Hertfordshire Constabulary for 5 years and has recruited a complete of 61 police constables to the pressure up to now by way of the Police Now programmes.
Functions for the Nationwide Graduate Management Programme have now opened, alongside the launch of the House Workplace’s new commercial marketing campaign which calls on individuals to ‘be a part of the police to make a distinction.’ The structured, two-year programme helps graduates in neighbourhood policing roles throughout England and Wales.
Clare Energy, Police Now’s Recruitment and Advertising Director, stated: “We consider that neighbourhood policing is significant in supporting a number of the most susceptible members of our society. In a neighbourhood policing function, officers can change into leaders in society and work alongside residents, native organisations and charities to cut back crime and remodel a group right into a secure and thriving place to reside.
“As a way to obtain this, it’s essential that our police service displays the communities it seeks to serve and that we recruit excellent graduates and career-changers to change into leaders on the policing frontline. Solely when the police has a workforce that’s numerous, in each thought and background, can we lead actual change in society and be the distinction we want to see.”