(a) Police Priorities
The Chair introduced Inspector Richard Burton of the Ipswich
Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following
SNT websites: Due to Police Officers frequently being posted
elsewhere or seconded onto other operations, only the Inspector and
Sergeants were listed on the SNT websites, otherwise these webpages
would become out of date very quickly.
A new Community Engagement Officer, Dominic Woodmansee, would be starting with the Ipswich
Central SNT on 1 April 2019, and his contact information would also
be added to the SNT website and social media.
With regards to out-of-date newsletters, a paper was currently being considered by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) that would seek to cancel the current SNT newsletters and replace them with a county-wide newsletter, “Constables County”.
Priorities: Additional patrols have been undertaken in the Old
Cattle Market/St Stephens Lane area in response to reports of
aggressive begging and street drinking related anti-social
behaviour, resulting in 4 Community Protection Notices (CPNs) being
served; as a result of partnership work with Ipswich Central, the
number of known street beggars in the town centre has reduced from
50 to 19.
Work was ongoing to disrupt county lines operations, especially in
relation to the premises of vulnerable young people. Operation Sceptre has been set up to target knife
crime, with additional patrols and weapons sweeps taking place to
help tackle youth-related violence, in addition to educational
programmes being delivered by schools and Suffolk County Council
(SCC) on knife crime awareness. Since
the introduction of knife amnesty bins in Suffolk in 2011, over
20,000 bladed items have been deposited and in Central Ipswich,
there were knife bins located on Princes Street and by Jubilee
Councillor Gibbs asked about the latest position of the court case
for the murder of Tavis
Inspector Burton reported that all the evidence had been summed up and the jury was now considering its verdict in relation to the 6 defendants. There was no intelligence of any Police threat at this stage, but the Police had allocated SNT Officers to provide public reassurance when the verdict was announced.
Councillor Cook commented that with only the Sergeants being
displayed on the SNT website, it was not possible to see the level
of resource allocated to the SNT.
Inspector Burton commented that it was the Inspector and Sergeants who would allocate tasks across the SNT, and to add all the other Officers could result in the website becoming out of date very quickly.
Councillor Cook asked what the current resource available to the
Ipswich Central SNT was.
Inspector Burton reported that the SNTs each had 3 Sergeants and 5 PCs, plus there was a total of 3 PCSOs, 1 Link PC and 1 Community Engagement Officer, who was due to start on 1 April 2019.
Councillor Kreidewolf asked whether some police enforcement could
be considered for Anglesea Road/Orford
Road/Warrington Road area now that the 20mph speed limit scheme had
Inspector Burton reported that he would request that the Road Traffic Unit undertake some speed awareness work in this area.
Councillor Reynolds asked whether the knife amnesty bins were moved
to different locations to help reduce the number of bladed
Inspector Burton reported that a number of knife bins had been installed since 2011 and bids could be made to fund further bins; the current number of bins was considered sufficient, but they only covered certain locations.
Lockington commented that a resident had reported people driving
into the town centre on a Sunday to beg as there was less Police
and town centre security about, and asked whether there was any
possibility of more Police resource being made available on
Inspector Burton highlighted that not all street beggars were homeless and that Police Officers did work on Sundays, but he would allocate some resource to address this.
commented that last year’s policing in the parks during the
summer had been successful and had given the public reassurance.
Councillor Leeder asked whether a similar action was being planned
for this summer, and if so, whether it could start earlier this
Inspector Burton commented that the crime statistics relating to violence with injury had highlighted that most of these incidents had taken place in public places, especially parks, and confirmed that Operation Parkland would be repeated this summer.
(St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Watch): Could the Police attend
the next quarterly Neighbourhood Watch (NW) meeting taking place
next week on Park Road, as there were usually 30 NW schemes
represented at these meetings?
Inspector Burton reported that this was one of the engagement events that the new Community Engagement Officer would be involved with and he would be tasked to attend the next meeting in June 2019.