Six months of success for Deepcar Policing Team

Date published: 08 October 2019 08:57
Dated: 08 October 2019 09:53:32
Six months ago, Deepcar Police Station was a halfway house, used by officers on response duties for a quick pit stop and a place to catch up on admin. 

Now it’s home to the Deepcar wing of the Sheffield Central & North West Neighbourhood Team, which has already had an impact just half a year into its residency. 

The decision to staff the station permanently was made after a public petition at the end of 2018 and the new team was formally created in January with the expansion of the Central NPT.  They've been based at Deepcar routinely for around six months. 

Lead by Sergeant Kieran Frain, the team consists of two PCs and four PCSOs who are all passionate about making a difference and tackling community issues and concerns. They cover a large geographical area, which includes Deepcar, Stocksbridge, Stannington and Hillsborough. 

Sgt Frain said: “One of the main problems was that people living in the area very rarely saw a police officer, we needed to start engaging with the community again. Another priority was developing relationships and making sure people knew who we were. This all feeds into us working out where demand is, and getting a deeper understanding of what causes it and how it can be prevented.  It is this understanding that allows us to focus limited resources to reduce crime.” 

The team began building relationships, starting at the retail development Fox Valley, where ram raiders had recently struck. Working with the developer, the team carried out a full site survey to identify possible infrastructure weaknesses and they supported staff around the introduction of crime prevention measures. 

Sgt Frain added: “Fox Valley is now a huge part of this community, they’ve invested in the area and working closely with them has been important for us. We’ve also assisted in the formation of a Shopwatch scheme and tackled anti-social behaviour in the area.”

In Stocksbridge, a pressing issue has been tackling key offenders including prolific shoplifters, with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) secured against several individuals. There has also been some progress made around street beggars with the help of the Safer Neighbourhood Service.  

In recent months, the team has turned its attention to Stannington, reinvigorating community relationships in an attempt to tackle an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour. Whilst forging these links, reports of more serious crimes have also emerged, resulting in recent warrants being carried out in relation to drug supply. 

Sgt Frain said: “In the last few years, there have been gaps in neighbourhood policing in Stannington. We are really keen to start filling that void and identify issues that have been allowed to grow. I want people to know that this is a priority for us going ahead and we will be taking a hard line on serious crime. The warrants were just the start.” 

Community engagement has also been key to progress, with PCSOs visiting local schools, shopping centres and community events delivering crime prevention advice and sessions around anti-social behaviour. The feedback from the public has so far been encouraging.

“People are telling us they’re pleased to see officers around, in their schools and in their community,” said Sgt Frain. “We know there is a lot of work to be done and as always, we would like to have a bigger team, but I’m convinced that this team, focused on local concerns and need, will continue to make a difference in the long-term.” 
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