Oldham’s Neighbourhood Week of Action proves the start of something bright in the community

Oldham’s Neighbourhood Week of Action proves the start of something bright in the community

Following the announcement of Greater Manchester Police’s new neighbourhood policing model, GMP officers across Oldham have been continuing the fight to prevent and reduce crime across the borough with increased activity this week.

With an additional 264 warranted police officers posted to neighbourhood teams across Greater Manchester, the new model amplifies focus on partnership working within communities to fight crime and solve local problems – including burglary, speeding and drug dealing.

Proactive policing elements in the borough of Oldham included town centre theft from person plain clothes operations, as well as the Mounted Unit supporting the district with patrols at Derker Metrolink Stop and Stoneleigh Park.

School Engagement Officers made visits to local schools and colleges for knife crime inputs and continued the positive engagement with the youth of Oldham following on from a successful AVRO operation in February.

Early morning warrants were conducted in Royton and Shaw regarding a ‘Chop Shop’ for multiple stolen vehicles and a joint operation with the Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit (TVIU) also took place on Thursday.

There was also the formal launch of the Prevention Hub, where ‘the Chenery Award’ was presented to the Neighbourhood team and the Community Safety Partnerships for their outstanding work in local problem solving initiatives as well as their work around effectively safeguarding missing children from care. Sylvia Chenery is internationally recognised for her work around repeat victimisation and the effective policing of communities.

Oldham are one of the only districts in GMP who are co-located with the Council Community Safety Partnership at the Civic Centre.

The District Prevention Hub are responsible for overseeing district-based demand reduction and problem solving, with an emphasis on partnership problem solving.

The establishment has provided a structured and effective model to understand, identify and analyse complex crime and anti-social behaviour problems that require a coordinated and partnership response, utilising the SARA Model (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment) and Problem Analysis Triangle.

In regard to the new Neighbourhood Policing Model, through the back-to-basics approach, members of the public will know their dedicated named teams who will be more visible in communities and more accessible than ever before, with a commitment that they will be ringfenced to focus on their neighbourhoods rather than backfilling other duties.

From this week, neighbourhood officers can be contacted directly through the new and improved ‘Your Area’ pages on the force’s website and the brand-new community alerts system ‘Bee in the Loop’. Bee in the Loop will also allow those who sign up to be amongst the first to know about incidents and emergencies; get involved in shaping local priorities; and receive targeted crime prevention advice.

Sign up to receive free text or email alerts at beeintheloop.co.uk.

The neighbourhood teams, made up of PCSOs, PCs, Sergeants, and Inspectors, will also benefit from the support of specialist teams – including their own local Neighbourhood Prevention Hubs and Neighbourhood Crime Teams to help them reduce and investigate crime in a way which secures the best possible outcomes for victims and communities. The Prevention Hubs will also work with partners to address repeat offending and demand while the Neighbourhood Crime Teams will lead on operations to target offenders who are committing the most common types of crime.

Chief Inspector Abigail Cronin of GMP’s Oldham district for Neighbourhood and Partnerships said, “Our community is the most important thing to us as Neighbourhood Officers and this new model is a key component to tackling their concerns.

“Although this is our launch this week, we will continue to be proactive in our communities and we rely on the support of the public to provide us with vital information.

“We want to continue to gain public trust and confidence in policing and ensure we can live and work in a safe environment. We will  continue to tackle crime that matters to you and the new neighbourhood alert system will allow our community to be kept updated on our ongoing work.”

Crime can always reported by 101 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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