Disrupting criminal activity, executing warrants, engaging with the local community, addressing concerns and working to improve safety. This is just some of the work officers in Edlington and Mexborough having been doing during a week of dedicated proactivity.
DCI Paul Wilson who implemented the local initiative has commented on the overall purpose and aim of this action. He said: “We have recently held a week of activity to robustly implement and execute plans to disrupt criminality activity and address key areas of focus in the local community.
“Throughout the week of action officers executed a number of warrants with St Ledger Homes and the Trading Standards Agency, worked with the environment agency to do a local clean up, completed a number of off-road biking operations, conducted high visibility patrols and worked with DMBC to complete a community impact survey.
“These partnership plans were strategically devised to target the key areas that matter most to the community. This resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cannabis and around 100 packages of illegal tobacco, recovery of a suspected stolen van, seizure of an illegal off-road bike and high visibility antisocial behaviour patrols; highlight the success and effectivity of these dedicated plans.
“These results would not have been possible without the input and joint work from our partners at the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, St Ledger Homes, The Environment Agency, EPIC and The Trading Standards Agency. Using this collaborative approach allowed us to effectively implement the plans and take action against individuals found to be committing criminal acts in the area.
“I would like to offer my reassurance that this work will now be sustained and we will always aim to listen to and act on the feedback and reports we receive. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and our focus remains working with our partners to address reported issues and concerns.”
Local neighbourhood officer PC Matthew Boulton also added: “As I work directly in the area I understand first-hand what matters most to the local community. This knowledge allowed us to shape and tailor the plans implemented and further identify long-term solutions to prevent illegal acts and disruption in the area.”
Plans are now in place to carry out similar operations across the rest of Doncaster and officers will continue to use and act on feedback gathered from members of the public.