On The Beat: Speeding, vehicle crime, schools and drug supply

I have now been in post for nearly 11 months and am thoroughly enjoying my current role as the lead for Neighbourhood Policing in South Leeds.

My role is a very busy role with a lot of diversity. I consider myself very lucky that I get to do something different every day and have met many lovely people, both residents and partners, who work hard to make a positive difference across the Inner South area.

Neighbourhood Policing is the bedrock of policing and my team of Neighbourhood Policing ward officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are highly visible and accessible within communities.

As a team we strive to deliver the current outcomes of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021 which was published by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) after extensive community engagement. The current outcomes are:

  • Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Safeguard vulnerable people
  • Make sure criminal justice works for communities
  • Support victims and witnesses

In order to deliver these outcomes it is essential that we engage effectively with communities to understand your concerns and are able to respond to these and tackle the issues that are important to you.

We engage with communities in a number of different ways including PCSOs conducting contact points where members of the public can speak to an officer at a specific location, PACT and residents meetings are also an excellent opportunity for us to speak to larger groups of residents.

You can get information about South Leeds NPT including what are priorities are, where are contact points and meetings are as well as other information at our website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/my-neighbourhood/leeds/leeds-south.

If you wish to receive information via email about incidents and events in your area please sign up to our Community Alert. Public registration is free and you can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk

Some of the issues that we have been tackling this month are:

Speeding across Inner South area

Officers from NPT have been at various locations across Inner South with the pro-laser device. This has resulted in a large number of people being checked who are within the limit, a number of people who have been given words of advice as well as a number of people who have been prosecution for the offence of speeding. Officers from our Operations Support regularly assist us in tackling this issue and we will continue to tackle this.

Early Intervention at a number of primary schools in Inner South

PCSOs have attended a number of schools this month and delivered presentations to primary school children on a number of issues including knife and cybercrime as well as talking to the younger children on what the police do and how we keep you safe. Early intervention is an essential aspect of policing and it is well researched and agreed that early intervention and prevention are far more effective than enforcement.

Tackling vehicle crime in Beeston

There has been a spate of vehicle crime in the Tempest Road area of Beeston. The majority of these vehicles have been left insecure and so officers from the team have been in the area for visibility and proactive patrols as well as giving out crime prevention advice to residents. Whilst on patrols PCSO Smith sighted a male who was wanted on recall to prison. Following a short foot chase the male was arrested and returned to prison.

Drug supply issues

The team have executed a number of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act this month in premises in Middleton, Holbeck and Beeston. A number of offences have been identified which has resulted in a number of arrests for both Class A and Class B offences and the seizure of a large amount of drugs. Community intelligence is key for us to be able to tackle the misuse of drugs which has such a negative effect to a community so please get in touch with police or Crimestoppers with any information you may have.


This post was written by Insp Lucy Leadbeater

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