08:00 Monday 30 December 2013

Top cops look back on a year of fighting crime

Written byROB SMYTH

WITH 2013 nearly over with, Reporter Rob Smyth decided to quiz the top cops in Burton, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire about the successes of policing during the past 12 months.

Nigel Lidsey - section inspector for South Derbyshire

“Personally, I have had a great time since taking over the role earlier this year.

“I have enjoyed doing some great work in the community and working with lots of great people.

“I am pleased that crime remains nine per cent down compared to last year.

“This just goes to show that South Derbyshire is a safe place to live, work and visit.

“We are pleased that antisocial behaviour, which has been a major issue in the past, continues to remain down.

“There are no real bad areas of performance, with the only real spike being with shoplifting.

“However, we took positive steps to remedy this and now reports have fallen dramatically, showing that what we are doing is working.

“One of things that has struck me about my time here is the way people care about the area - they like to know what is going on and are willing to help out.

“I have also enjoyed working with our many partners, a relationship I have found is key in this area.

“Without their help we would not be able to do the good work that we do.

“I plan to keep working hard and so will my staff into the New Year and try and continue the good work of 2013.

“I absolutely love this job, it is the best one that I have had since joining Derbyshire Police.

“I want to thank everyone for their support during the past year and urge them to continue to help us make this area as good as we can be.”

Steve Maskrey - chief inspector of the East Staffordshire local policing team

“I would like to give a heartfelt message from me and my staff here in East Staffordshire to thank all the Burton Mail readers for their support they have shown throughout the year.

“From our perspective we have had some fantastic results such as Operation Nemesis which saw the arrest of 40 plus suspects for drug dealing and Operation Paragon, which was aimed to tackle antisocial behaviour, which was blighting the lives of many people in the Anglesey Ward, and Operation Pertain, which has affected the Shobnall Eaton and Horninglow Wards.

“We have had some fantastic results and we could not have done it without them.

“We are now looking forward to working with them all next year to keep East Staffordshire a safe place to live and work.”

Inspector Helena Bhakta - North West Leicestershire local policing unit commander

“I have now been here as the Local Policing Unit commander for North West Leicestershire for seven months, and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.

“I am fortunate to be part of a superb team, and day in, day out I continue to be impressed by the hard work, drive and ambition of all of the staff and volunteers.

“Retail crime, in particular shoplifting, continues to be a priority for us .

“We also took part in a number of force wide initiatives designed to tackle alcohol harm, and I was particularly delighted with the results of a test purchasing operation we carried out across the area.

“Nine off-licences were visited by a plain clothed officer and a young person. The young person attempted to purchase alcohol at each and all nine refused to serve them.

“This shows that our message about selling to under age people is getting through.

“However we are not complacent and we will continue to work closely with our partners and local licensed premises to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder.

“Over recent months, we have worked hard to tackle crime, in particular the theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles.

“Since the beginning of the financial year in April, we have had a 24 per cent reduction in vehicle crime, which represents 101 fewer victims.

“However we still receive reports of vehicle crime where it has been made a lot easier for the criminal.

“As a reminder, when you leave your vehicle always remove all valuables, and lock the vehicle.

“If you leave it on show expect it to go.”

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