Summer campaign highlights demands on police

By Barrie Hudson - 6 August 2020

Community

A Wiltshire Police campaign aims to help the public reduce pressure on the force.

  • The force wants to engage with the public over a variety of issues

    The force wants to engage with the public over a variety of issues

The campaign, called Summer Demand, will run throughout August and September and focuses on issues including anti-social behaviour, public order, violence, hate crime and sexual assault.

Community Policing Team Swindon Hub Superintendent Adrian Burt said: “As part of the campaign, we’ll be telling the public more about their community policing teams and the demands they are facing on a daily basis, as well as ways the public can help them. 

“For example, during the school summer holidays, we often see an increase in anti-social behaviour so we will be engaging with the local authorities and parents to try and reduce calls of this nature into our control room.

“It is vital that we continue to provide an excellent service to the public but we need their help, as well as the help of partner agencies, to try and assist with the ever-increasing demands placed on us. 

“Public safety is our main priority and we hope that this campaign not only gives an insight into the demands on modern day policing in the warmer months, but also helps to better inform our communities about staying safe this summer, and effectively reporting issues in their communities.”

Community Policing Team Wiltshire Hub Superintendent David Minty said: “Traditionally over the summer months we see an increase in particular crime types as the weather gets warmer and people spend more time socialising with others. 

“The lifting of lockdown restrictions have already heightened some of the demands we see, particularly those related to public order and violence against the person.

“We want to work with the public and our partners to not only reduce this demand on the police, but to prevent crimes from happening in the first place.

“We will be using the campaign as an opportunity to signpost people to the relevant agencies and organisations, as well as highlighting some of the issues that take up most of our time.

“We want to ensure the public understand how they can help us reduce this demand and when they should call us on 101 or 999, and when they should be contacting our partner agencies.”

People are welcome to join the conversation using #SummerDemand on Facebook and Twitter, and more information about local policing teams can be found at https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/YourArea

Further information about reporting crime can be found at www.wiltshire.police.uk

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