This month Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley, District Commander for Doncaster, talks to us about the past year and what the main priorities are for 2020.
Our communities remain at the heart of everything we do and going in to 2020 this is going to remain our absolute priority.
Throughout 2019, we have worked hard across Doncaster to ensure our processes are right, to enable us to respond quickly and effectively to you – our public. What has greatly assisted us with this is the investment we have made in neighbourhood policing.
In 2020, we’ll see a continued uplift to both our neighbourhood and response functions which will mean more cops in your area, responding quickly and efficiently to any problems you may have.
This will be kick-started with the reopening of Edlington Police Station in February, which will be an incredibly positive step for the area.
After that, we’re hopeful that expansion at a number of other key bases will follow. As a result of feedback from residents, we are also in the planning stages of looking at creating a base in Conisbrough and Denaby.
We will continue tackling suspected organised crime groups and their associated criminality, and over the last 12 months, our Fortify team has carried out numerous warrants, stop and searches and proactive operations to disrupt these groups, particularly in Mexborough and the surrounding areas.
This has resulted in the seizure of cash, drugs and jail time for some of the most prolific offenders.
With four prisons here in Doncaster, the dedicated Prison Crime Unit, working alongside prison staff, has seen some real successes. There has been a big push on tackling illicit items from getting into prisons and by having a visible presence across the four sites at each visit, they’ve done just that.
Our neighbourhood and response colleagues have also made significant improvements in the town centre. Over the last 12 months, we saw a number of issues around spice and begging. Working with our colleagues at Doncaster Council and their complex lives programme, we have reduced these issues dramatically and helped a number of vulnerable people, making the town centre a safer and more enjoyable place to be.
Feeling safe in Doncaster, enjoying where you live and knowing that we’re here to help and support you when you need us, is our absolute key priority for 2020.
With refined processes in place, we are now offering a more effective and timely service and to keep doing that we need you to keep talking to us.
By knowing what’s bothering you and what’s working well, the force, alongside our excellent partners such as the council and St Leger Homes, can continue improving the quality of life here in Doncaster.