Message from Borough Inspector Joe Easterbrook:
In addition to the already publicised arrests and proactive activity last week I thought I would share some of the things we, as your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, have been working on to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Borough.
We have utilised recent intelligence and data analysis to identify crime and disorder issues, but most importantly we have listened to you (via calls to 101, 999 and other Police contact) to ensure our current priorities reflect yours. As a result, we have initiated or joined several Joint Action Groups (JAGs) where a coordinated response to local problems can be planned and implemented. Recent examples have included, but are not limited to: Town centre disorder, Youth ASB and Mitigating the fear of crime against vulnerable groups.
Together with our local ASB Officer we have also been working on 3 Criminal Behaviour Orders; these are orders imposed by the Courts on individuals who engage in crime and ASB with specific prohibitions attached to mitigate that individual’s impact on the community. These orders are being sought based on information and with the ongoing support of residents.
Our Casualty Reduction Officer, PC Ferris together with Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Barnett have been out working proactively in burglary and vehicle-crime hotspots utilising the ANPR network. Furthermore, the Divisional Proactive Unit have recently disrupted a drug dealing operation in the Borough and are now working tirelessly to secure successful prosecutions against those responsible.
Your local officers have also been working hard on a number of problem solving initiatives to tackle, through long term strategies, on-going and chronic issues in our communities. The plans incorporate different and innovative ways of tackling the problems that you have reported to us around drug dealing, traffic issues (including mopeds) and various types of ASB.
The team and I are committed to making Epsom & Ewell a safer place to live and work through effective and meaningful policing activity. I recognise that some of you may have suffered with issues for a long time, but please do not be discouraged from continuing to report these matters to us. In order for the team to analyse the information and decide on an appropriate response we require the community intelligence to inform these decisions. Some issues are not going to be resolved overnight, but we are working tirelessly to mitigate risk and reduce crime and ASB across the Borough.
Borough Commander Easterbrook