Police commended after dramatic reduction in assaults and robberies in Buckingham
The Priority Crime and Neighbourhood teams from Aylesbury Vale have been recognised for their work to tackle anti-social behaviour in Buckingham that was having a significant impact on the local community.
At the the annual High Sheriff’s Awards, hosted online by Andrew Farncombe, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, more than 40 officers, staff and members of the public were commended for taking action in challenging circumstances, demonstrating high-quality work and going above and beyond to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
The Priority Crime and Neighbourhood teams from Aylesbury Vale were recognised for their work to tackle anti-social behaviour in Buckingham that was having a significant impact on the local community.
After incidents progressively became more serious, resulting in assaults and robberies with knives being carried or involved in many of the offences, a number of arrests were made.
Whilst the Priority Crime team conducted numerous investigative enquiries and carried out multiple in-depth interviews over two days, the Neighbourhood team targeted their patrols to minimise the risk of further offences and to reassure the local community.
A number of individuals have been subject to enforcement and diversionary programmes to prevent reoffending. The investigation is still ongoing.
Crime of this nature has dramatically reduced in Buckingham since the intervention of these teams, demonstrating the positive outcome they have achieved for the community.
The Neighbourhood team were also awarded for their partnership work which has protected a large number of vulnerable individuals across Aylesbury Vale.
The team have pioneered the use of civil orders to protect vulnerable people from abusers or drug dealers. A breach of these orders can and has resulted in imprisonment and can allow police to intervene on occasions where they may not otherwise have been able to.
Over the last year, 42 closure orders, 46 domestic violence protection orders (DVPO) and two civil injunctions have been obtained and put into place.
Officers were recognised for their tenacity and compassion, putting the victim first and working with them to understand their needs, speak up for them and put measures in place to safeguard those who may not be in a position to protect themselves.