News : 20 July 2017
Wealden residents are being urged to make use of Sussex Police’s Operation Blitz to report incidents of small scale crime, vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
Speaking at Wealden District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Chief Inspector Emma Brice said Operation Blitz gave residents a direct line to officers on patrol during Operation Blitz –often during Friday and Saturday nights – allowing them to quickly respond to any issues about anti-social behaviour. By signing up to Sussex Police’s In the Know email bulletins, https://www.intheknow.community/ residents are told when Operation Blitz is taking place in their area.
CI Brice, who is District Commander of Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden, said the police force was having to make substantial savings by 2020 and adapt to current changes in the types of offences being committed.
“We have not withdrawn policing from any part of Sussex. We have just relocated officers. I have officers and PSCOs who respond to calls and patrol all over the District.
“It is really important that any crime is reported to us. We are moving towards the hot spot model where we analyse crime and anti-social behaviour so we can focus our resources on where it is needed most. Even if the police do not attend at that time, they will still have a record of that call which we can use in analysis of where the hop spots are.”
Addressing continuing concern of the numbers Killed or Seriously Injured on Wealden’s road, CI Brice stressed that the three main caused of road accidents were: ▪ Failing to look
Failing to judge vehicle speeds
Loss of control.
Operation Crackdown, http://www.operationcrackdown.org/ which encourages residents to report anti-social driving to Sussex Police, has entered a new, proactive stage with the increased use of dashboard cameras in people’s cars. CI Brice said this had already led to Operation Crackdown’s first prosecution using dashcam. People can now send in dashcam footage to Operation Crackdown and this will be examined by an expert to see if the evidence is irrefutable and a decision made whether to prosecute or not.
You can watch Chief Inspector Brice answer questions from members of Wealden Overview & Scrutiny committee online using our webcast https://wealden.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/294732.