The Community Policing Team (CPT) are asking islanders to take part in a survey to identify what issues matter most to them.
Since they were established in January 2021, the CPT have been involved in and have led numerous initiatives and problem-solving activities across the island and consequently have been responsible for a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour and crime in many locations. However, they recognise that there is still more to do and with that in mind they’d like to find out from islanders what’s important to them.
The last year has seen the team establish true community policing back to Jersey. By proactively engaging with businesses, residents, visitors, partner agencies, advisory and community groups and the perpetrators, they’ve developed lasting relationships that continue to benefit policing across the Island. Additionally, the tried and tested solutions now support other problem-solving activities in other locations.
The team consists of 19 officers, covering all twelve parishes with three Schools and Youth Focus Officers (SaYF). As well as the community work carried out, the SaYF officers work very closely with schools, education and the Jersey Youth Service.
Since January 2021, the team have conducted 30 specific initiatives with 20 being successful, 6 partly successful and 4 unsuccessful. One operation, which worked with 22 identified young people, saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour of 54% from July to September of 2020 compared with the same period in 2021.
Another project focused on addressing anti-social behaviour in the town centre. Working closely with partners such as Jersey Youth Service and Social Care, and using tools such as daily intelligence briefings, focused outreach work, hotspot policing and 1-2-1 intervention, the partnership were able to reduce anti-social behaviour by 24%. At the same time, reported offences were down by 36%.
Inspector David Turnbull, from the Community Police Team said: “Since the re-establishment of the Community Policing Team last year we’ve really enjoyed engaging with Parishioners and we’ve been able to listen to and act on the information that has been shared with us by the community. This type of work is incredibly rewarding and our partnerships with stakeholders have been invaluable in achieving some of the successes we’ve seen.
“Working with the community in such proximity enables officers to better understand what’s happening and approach problems in smarter ways with a mixture of general and targeted operations. This can include attending resident groups, working with the business community and collaborating with partner agencies to reduce crime. We want to make our efforts meaningful to people, we want to publicise it and be accountable for what we do to keep building trust and confidence.”
The Survey is available in English, Portuguese, Romanian and Polish so please do contribute to the survey and have your say, it’s quick, easy and anonymous. The links to each survey can be found below.
English - https://survey.gov.je/s/MYNWLY/
Portuguese - https://survey.gov.je/s/Q8O8GH/
Romanian - https://survey.gov.je/s/BYO4EI/
Polish - https://survey.gov.je/s/XXSBMM/
Islanders can also use the independent charity, Crimestoppers to provide information free with guaranteed anonymity. They help the police prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour – any information could provide the missing piece police are looking for or help direct enforcement activity. Call 0800 555 111 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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