The third Operation Salcoats took place on Saturday (04 June), and proved to be another success”.
Operation Salcoats sees volunteers from Community Watch schemes – including Neighbourhood Watch, Speed Watch and Street Watch – work alongside some of the force’s Special Constables, Cadets, Beds Fire & Rescue Service and the force’s Crime Reduction Team, to provide a visible presence in an area, enforce speed limits, provide crime prevention advice, talk to local residents about locals concerns and issues, whilst also looking to recruit more Specials, Police Cadets and Watch Scheme members.
Clapham Op Salcoats in numbers
- 1 Stop and Search form completed
- 3 fixed penalty notices issued
- 3 people signed up to Beds Alert
- 6 motorists found to be speeding by Speed Watch, now subject to enforcement
- 6 people expressed an interest in joining either Neighbourhood Watch, Street Watch, Speed Watch or the Special Constabulary
- 7 intelligence submissions for drug supply, person in possession of a taser and ASB related issues
- 11 vehicles stop checked
- 119 crime prevention materials given out to members of the public
- 169 members of public spoken to and engaged with
Sgt Ben Dimmock, from the force’s Crime Reduction Team, said: “The Third Operation Salcoats was another successful day, and we know that the community of Clapham valued our presence. We had a huge number of residents come and speak to us about local issues which included parking problems, nuisance motorcyclists, quad bikes riding on footpaths, excess speeding, ASB and drug supply. This goes to show that engaging with our communities in this way can be extremely valuable.
“The day provided a really important opportunity for us to better understand the issues that matter to people in Clapham, so that we can look to see what further appropriate action we can take.
“We can’t tackle crime and local community issues alone, and working together with our partner agencies, Specials and community volunteers is vital in helping us protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe.”
“Operation Salcoats is becoming bigger, better and more successful. It will be taking place on a monthly basis and will now look to start focusing on current force priorities in particular burglary hot spots and other force problem areas. Dates and locations of the next Salcoats will be published soon”