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    • nottspolice The sumptuous surroundings of Thoresby Hall once again provided the venue for the annual Sherwood police dog trials, held in memory of PC Ged Walker. Police dogs and their handlers from across the region demonstrated their skills in obedience and in pursuit of criminals during the two-part competition on Sunday. The final result was a Notts 1-2-3, with PC Matt Rogers and police dog Rossi emerging as clear winners from colleagues PC Dave Gough and PD Beano, who claimed the runners-up spot by just one point from PC Mark Plummer and PD Mia. The winner's trophy was presented by PC Walker's widow, Tracy. As well as the action in the arena, spectators were able to find out more about the force's Operational Support division, with the Underwater Search Unit, the Mounted Section and armed response teams all giving demonstrations of their work on the day. See a video from this event at Follow us on Twitter
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    • nottspolice A project to ‘design out’ crime was officially launched in a Nottinghamshire village on Friday (March 11). East Stoke is believed to be the first community in the country to have had security in all its homes upgraded and CCTV installed to cover the entire village. The project began two years ago and has now resulted in the community being awared Secured By Design status by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Secured by Design is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment. The project involved ensuring that doors and windows has effective locks, and that garden and shed security measures are also taken. Installation of security lighting and intruder alarms has also been included. The village’s CCTV and street lighting coverage have also been extended. Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with the county council and the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group, led by resident Sid Davies, to develop the initiative, which also received National Lottery Funding. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley, who came up with the proposal for achieving SBD status, said: "We all like to feel our communities are becoming increasingly safer, and across Nottinghamshire crime is reducing at a faster rate than anywhere else in England and Wales. "Those reductions have been achieved by employing a plethora of different approaches which are appropriate to each of our communities. "What is happening in East Stoke is truly innovative, resulting from police and partner organisations listening to the community here and responding with a solution that has been talked about in Nottinghamshire for some time. "I’m delighted to say that this project is now complete, thanks in part to funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Lottery, and that East Stoke is ready to become a trailblazer for improving community safety and, consequently, its residents’ quality of life. "I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the residents of East Stoke, and in particular Sid Davies, who has been the driving force to develop this initiative. Their input has been inspirational and every bit as important as the work of the partner agencies involved. "For that alone, they deserve the greater peace of mind that this project will hopefully bring them." Listen to this boo to find out from Neighbourhood Watch chair Sid Davies, ACC Ian Ackerley and Architectural Liaison Officer Kevin Brown, how the project has developed. For more information about policing in Nottinghamshire visit
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    • nottspolice The Chief Constable’s opinion-gathering tour of Nottinghamshire continued on 9 November with a visit to speak with members of the Polish community in Nottingham. Listen to the Chief and Dr Beata Polanowska talking about the visit and how the police and Polish community work together. Julia Hodson attended a drop-in session at the charity Signpost to Polish Success, which provides services for Poles and other Eastern European migrants who have recently arrived in the UK. She spent time at the Radford-based organisation chatting through the issues faced by this fast-growing community. She said: “I love getting out and about, meeting people and the officers that work with them in their local communities. “These trips give me first hand experience of what the public feels about the police service we are providing, as well as the issues they face. “The over-arching response was that, generally, the Polish community in Nottingham feels confident in the police service. “There were also issues raised about hate crime, what people understand it to be, and how they would report it. “The other main, and very interesting issue discussed was about their understanding of British law and how it differs from Polish law.” Dr Beata Polanowska, of SPS, who also edits the Polish newspaper East Midlands po Polsku, welcomed the visit from the Chief. She said: “This was the first time members of our community have had a chance to meet with their Chief Constable. “They got a chance to see the more positive face of Nottinghamshire Police, a Chief who comes to us, is friendly with us and is talking and joking with us. “It’s made us realise that maybe we should be more aware of British law but that some crimes are committed not because people have bad intentions but because they do not know the local law and rules. “I hope the people who were here have learned a few things and having had a chance to speak to the police, might question what they know and make more of an effort to find out more.” Ms Hodson visited an elderly people’s brunch club in Mansfield last month and has spent time walking the beat in Harworth, where she also observed officers gathering evidence to try and secure a ‘crack house’closure. She also visited young people in Rainworth, who are becoming more confident and self-disciplined through learning the martial art of Taekwon-do, a beat team’s surgery in Forest Fields and a Sikh temple in Sherwood Rise. Other outings planned include experiencing the work of the county’s Drug Awareness Action Team and a visit to an indoor bowls club in Edwinstowe. Visit our website Follow us on twitter Become a fan on Facebook
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    • nottspolice It was the year that Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married, MTV first aired, the average house price was £24,188 and crime in Nottinghamshire was under 89,000 offences. Now validated statistics for the last financial year show that Nottinghamshire Police has recorded its lowest crime figures since 1981. The force has achieved another 14.2 per cent reduction in crime, compared to the previous year, down 13,990 crimes. While in 1981, the force recorded 88,927 offences, this year there has been 84,329 offences. Offences of burglary, robbery, criminal damage, vehicle crime, and violence have also dropped dramatically throughout 2010/11. A 26.2 per cent reduction in burglary means 2,065 fewer people have been victims. While there has been 2,463 fewer vehicle crimes (- 23.1 per cent), 4,377 fewer offences of criminal damage (- 21.9 per cent), a reduction of 473 robbery offences (-24.5 per cent) and reductions of 235 most serious violence offences (- 27.7 per cent) and 3,142 fewer victims of assault with less serious injury (- 29.4 per cent). In addition to crime reductions, the force has also seen an increase in the number of crimes detected, which means more criminals are being arrested and put before the court. Since 1 April, the force has gone from four to two divisions. However, all four divisional areas saw crime fall. Mansfield and Ashfield (A division) saw a drop of 4,152 offences, down 19.6 per cent; Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood (B division) reduced crime by 19.3 per cent (14,093), the city’s crime fell by 3,954 offences (9.8 per cent) and South Notts (D division) recorded a 12.9 per cent reduction – 2,512 fewer crimes. Here, ACC Paul Broadbent says thank you to the people of Nottinghamshire who have helped to bring about such significant crime reductions. For more news from Nottinghamshire Police visit Become a fan on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at See our story on YouTube at