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Chesham NHPT update

Alert message sent 30/03/2020 10:58:00

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Chesham Neighbourhood Policing Team

The Chesham Neighbourhood Policing Team consists of Sergeant Roy Evans, Pc Gavin McVeigh, PCSO’s Les Roche, Harry Carter, Lee Bryan and Matthew King.

On 27th November 2019 the top three priorities were identified at the Chiltern Community Forum. The priorities are decided by the Community Forum for the whole of Chiltern. This steering group is made up of members of the community and representatives from organisations across the area. The forum is not run by the Police although we do play a part. This allows us to speak to a good cross section of society and find out what you want us to do and how you want us to police your area.

You said: That drug dealing and usage in Chesham is a concern.

We did: Drug related reports in Chesham still increased which some may think is a concern but the increase highlights the proactivity with stop searches, arrests, warrants, intelligence development and partnership working.

We continue to conduct local drug operations. Operation Gasper continues to run in Chesham. Previously this operation has showed many stop searches, vehicles searched, arrests for drug offences which includes possession with intent to supply. Persons have also been dealt with for traffic related matters. Although traffic process is not under the category of drug dealing and usage, removing someone’s vehicle makes it harder for those persons to work.

We continue to work with the Problem Solving Team, Environmental Health, Housing and Social Care to name only a few. During operations, we do not always concentrate on the dealers but will visit known users for welfare, safeguarding and to develop current intelligence. Referrals are made to our partners so that we have a multi-agency approach at tackling drugs.

The Operation Stronghold team still lead the response to County Drug Lines (CDL) and work with the neighbourhood teams in order to safeguarding potential victims and prosecute offenders.
The Anti-Social Behaviour team have had a positive result in relation to a serial shoplifter in Chesham. After many reports of theft, a Criminal Behaviour Order was granted by the courts. It is strongly believed that the thefts were purely to fund the offender’s drug habit. The CBO has since been enforced with arrests after breaches were witnessed.

You said: You wanted us to concentrate on Burglary

We did: Area CID review all burglaries and lead on investigations considering forensic and CCTV opportunities. Victims of burglaries will receive crime prevention advice from the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Figures show that Chiltern & South Bucks is the most targeted area in the force by burglars. In response to this peak seasonal trend analysis was carried out and the top 6 hotspot locations in Chiltern and South Bucks were identified. Surprisingly figures showed that roads were rarely burgled repeatedly in the same year. A number of events were arranged to promote burglary reduction.

Neighbourhood Policing has been involved in a number of cross border operations with other departments and forces in targeting criminals whilst they are travelling into our area from predicted locations.

Operations such as Guillotine, Greenbelt and GO took place in response to dealing with the threat of burglaries.

Operation Guillotine resulted in additional night time patrols by 6 additional uniform units taking place over a 2 week period. This resulted in 8 arrests, 7 people dealt with for drug offences, 1 person reported for driving offences, 1 vehicle seized and 40 people being stop searched.

Although Chiltern area has seen a decrease in Burglary offences from 1st January 2020- until 28th March 2020, Chesham area itself has seen a significant decrease of -46%

You said: Speeding is a concern.

We did: We have conducted Speed enforcement on some of the most demanding Roads in Chesham with both positive and negative results. We work in conjunction with town council’s and local parish statistics.
A large number of complaints come direct to the neighbourhood team questioning why speed enforcement is conducted on some roads and not others. The layout of the road such as bends, hills, obstructions, non-existent footpaths, numerous parked cars are just some of the considerations we have to take when completing risk assessments.

The Chesham Speed watch is in the process of being revamped and we look to help the coordinators secure more volunteers soon. At this time, risk assessment are in the process of being completed and a dedicated Traffic specialist Officer will be speaking with local parishes on how speed watch has changed recently.

The new You Said…We Did (Community Priorities) for the next quarter will be:
1) Drug Dealing and misuse: Led by the police and supported by the community.
2) Burglary and prevention: Led by the police, supported by the community
3) Anti-Social Behaviour: Led by the police and supported by the community.
These priorities were identified at the quarterly meeting which was held on in February 2020. You can learn about how we set our priorities in more details by visiting:

Thames Valley Police is committed to delivering a service to the public and will continue to do so whilst the UK deals with the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic. We will continue to respond to incidents and investigate crime as usual, however please understand that some incidents do not always require immediate or urgent police attendance. We would like to advise our friends and associates make use of the valuable links on the Chiltern Community Forum website when considering if a police response is required.
As we are only human, some officers have been advised to self-isolate after the guidance was given by the government and National health services. So the Neighbourhood Teams will not only continue with our neighbourhood responsibilities as best as we can, but will be required to support our emergency response colleagues with heavy demands on the Police service.

Please note that if our direct email inboxes are used as a means of contacting the Neighbourhood Teams, the reply may take slightly longer than usual.

Have your Say:
We would love to say that we would continue to engage with the community with our Have Your Say events but at this time, they have to be postponed.

Goodbye and Farewell:
PC Gill Gillespie and PCSO Matt Sansom will be leaving the Chesham Neighbourhood Team. PC Gillespie has successfully gained promotion and will soon be back working with the emergency response teams as a police sergeant.

PCSO Matt Sansom is transferring to Aylesbury Vale and will be working as a PCSO in the Wing district. We will miss both officers and wish them all the best.

Social media:

As always we would ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts, Facebook and Twitter accounts. ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local policing information.
Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories.

Our Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public.

If you have already signed up, that’s great. We would ask that you please inform friends, family and colleagues to consider this too.

Best wishes

PS Roy Evans

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Ian Stacey (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern & South Bucks)

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