NEIGHbourhood officers joined on patrol by special guests

The clip-clop of horse hooves could be heard around the streets of a Rotherham village this week as three special guests joined officers on patrol.

Police horses Stocksbridge, Cubley and Bawtry teamed up with Rotherham Central neighbourhood officers on Tuesday (9 January) as part of a community engagement event to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

Officers, along with staff from Rotherham Council’s ASB team, were in Eastwood village to speak to residents and gather feedback and evidence in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour.

Rotherham Inspector Jenny Lax said: “Our team identified insecure empty properties and contacted landlords, handed out surveys about quality of life and took statements from people living close to properties that have been reported to police.

“No-one should have to put up anti-social behaviour, whether they are being kept up all night by noisy neighbours or fed up of litter piling up on their street.

“There are measures we can take and today’s activity was all about following up on information given to us by the public.

“We will not tolerate the lives of innocent people being blighted by those choosing to act in a selfish, anti-social and often criminal way.”

Stocksbridge, Cubley and Bawtry along with their handlers PC Tracey Brown, PC Julie Bradshaw and PC Michelle Goodson, patrolled the streets as officers chatted to residents and listened to feedback about local policing.

“We want members of the community to know that we are listening and there are things we can do to tackle anti-social behaviour,” added Inspector Lax. “For example, we can serve closure notices on problem properties, we can issue criminal behaviour orders to repeat offenders and we can also hand out community protection notices.

“To be able to take action we need to gather evidence which is why we have been taking statements and asking people to fill in surveys.

“We want the community to know we are in their neighbourhood and that their voice matters.” The work forms part of the Eastwood Deal – an on-going multi-agency project that aims to engage with communities, reduce crime and provide a visible presence in the area.

Partners meet every Thursday to share intelligence, plan actions and review the work already undertaken in the area.

“Our latest statistics show that when comparing June to November 2016 to the same period in 2017, crime and anti-social behaviour in Eastwood dropped overall by 12 per cent,” said Insp Lax. “We want to see this drop further and will continue to carry out targeted activity in the area from warrants and closure orders to community engagement events.”

There is a drop in session at 2pm every Wednesday at Eastwood Clifton Learning Partnership when you can speak to officers about issues or ask for advice.