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Latest update from the Chesham Neighbourhood Team

Alert message sent 05/07/2021 10:45:00

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Some people had difficulty opening the PDF so I have copied the document. The Amersham/Chalfonts and Missenden newsletter will be published shortly.

The Chesham Neighbourhood Policing Team consists of Sergeant Roy Evans, PC’s
Gavin McVeigh, Jack McGregor, PCSO’s Les Roche, Harry Carter, Lee Bryan and
Matthew King.

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided by the Policing
Issues Panel; comprised of representatives from Community Boards from the whole of
Chiltern & South Bucks. The Police do not run the panel, although we do attend as
representatives. This allows us to speak to a wide cross-section of the community, find
out what you most want improved in the area and consider how we and others can
accomplish these aims.

You said: Burglary is a concern

We did: Burglary has always been a concern of local residents and we do everything we
can to tackle this. Although most burglary investigations sit with a CID departments, the
neighbourhood team is very much focused on crime prevention.

In Chesham, we have seen a massive reduction in dwelling and non-dwelling burglary
offences. We appreciate that some of this reduction will be down to the national pandemic
and houses being occupied more but it is also felt that the numerous operations we have
been conducting has kept offenders out of the area and has prevented burglary offences
from restarting.

Operations include Pandilla, Groundhog and Greenbelt. On a recent Groundhog operation
in Chiltern and South Bucks, we saw 10 arrest and 11 traffic related offences dealt with
utilising Roads Policing, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and our cross border colleagues
from the Metropolitan Police. On a recent Greenbelt operation, we saw 3 arrest and a
further 11 traffic related offences dealt with. The figures do not include the searches
conducted, stop checks and intelligence submissions.

As per our last update, we have been proactive in the rural areas and we have been
actively promoting Country Watch. Visiting local farms and businesses, we have been
offering crime prevention advice and the benefits of joining the scheme.

You said: Anti-Social Behaviour is a concern

We did: As per previous reports this year, COVID-19 introduced a new problem for the
police to manage and this has been a particularly big area for us in day to day policing
since March 2020. Although restrictions have eased, we are still required to manage
reported issues.

As previously mentioned in forums and via newsletters, Anti-Social Behaviour falls into a
lot of different categories such as traffic / speed related incidents, drugs possession,
littering / dog fouling, parking etc. ASB fall into three subcategories which are personally
targeted, community and environmental. Although we review a lot of these calls and deal
with all three, personally targeted ASB is the majority of the work allocated to
neighbourhood officers.

Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from
neighbour disputes. We continue to work with our partner agencies such as the
community safety team, housing, environmental health and mediation charities.

You said: Speeding is a concern

We did: The neighbourhood team have been out and about conducting speed
enforcement in Chesham concentrating on roads that have been highlighted as a real
concern.

Traditionally Speed enforcement is conducted by the traffic department and Safer Roads
speed vans. On one particular day in Chesham, Roads Policing officers issued 50
seatbelts tickets on St Mary’s way in three hours. During this period, they also stopped a
vehicle and arrested the driver on suspicion of drug driving. In Ashley Green 8 drivers
were stopped and reported for driving over the speed limit, a vehicle was seized due to
having no tax and a few other drivers were issued fines for failing to MOT their vehicles.
At the end of March and then again in May, the DVLA have attended Chesham again with
many vehicles being clamped, recovered and or fined on the spot. As per previous
reports, I would urge people to report no Taxed vehicles directly to the DVLA. Police will
assist the DVLA with seizing a vehicle when it is “being driven” on a road.

It is unfortunate that during this quarter, we have had negative feedback regarding speed
enforcement even when speeding is highlighted as the main concern in Chesham.
Despite the feedback, we will continue to address the issues as we know this is a concern
to the majority of Chesham residents as per the Policing Issues Panel survey results.

Other News

Drugs

Drugs is always a concern in Chesham and we attempt to tackle drugs head on. We have
continued with our drugs operations in Chesham where persons were stopped, searched
and arrested.

Gathering intelligence, the stronghold team with Neighbourhood support conducted
numerous warrants where multiple addresses and vehicles were searched, arrests were
made for possession with intent to supply drugs, various items were seized and valuable
intelligence gained. These investigations are ongoing. Although investigations take some
time, we hope to see positive results.

Operation Aidant
As part of our neighbourhood duties, we work with the National Crime Agency in tackling
Modern Slavery. A week of action was conducted were we visited Car Washes, Nail Bars
and builders yards. We also spoke with street beggars. During this week, we were able to
identify vulnerable persons in Chiltern and South Bucks and Modern Day Slavery referrals
were made.
If you would like to learn more about modern slavery, you can visit the website below:
https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/modern-slavery-andhuman-trafficking

Pc Ben

Pcso’s Lee Bryan and Harry Carter have been doing a great job visiting primary schools
and introducing Pc Ben. Pc Ben is a book that tells the story of a police constable called
Ben and the many lives he gets to help every day whilst out on patrol. The book focuses
on the younger audience and gives children the chance to learn how the police “like to
help”. Pc Ben can be seen online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ey7XTAATac

Staff changes within Chesham Neighbourhood.

We say goodbye to Pc Hugh Flanagan who was successful in promotion and has
transferred back to Amersham Police Station on the emergency response team.
Congratulations Hugh.

Despite the attempt to keep him working, we will also be saying farewell to Pc Gavin
McVeigh who will be retiring at the end of July after serving 30 years in Thames Valley
Police and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He will be missed by the team.

We will also be saying farewell to Pcso Matt King. Although we see him leave the team,
he was successful in his application to join Thames Valley Police as a constable and will
be starting his training Mid-August. Matt has requested Chiltern and South
Buckinghamshire as his preferred base station so we look forward to him returning to the
area.

We will be welcoming Pc Matthew Styles who starts in Chesham early August. Matthew
brings with him years of experience on various departments including Emergency
response and Neighbourhood Policing.

Pc Jack McGregor has been with the Chesham Team for a year now on an attachment.
We were really pleased to hear that he will be remaining in Chesham as a permanent
officer taking on Gavin’s previous supervisor role and will be point of contact for the rural
locations.

We will also see new Police Community Support officers start in the next few months.

Social media:

As always we ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts,
Facebook and Twitter accounts.
www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter
which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local
policing information.

Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will
provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories.
Our Facebook group TVP Chiltern and South Bucks provides the same information as
Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public.

We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed
into personal social media groups. Some feel that if they post about an incident, they will
have a direct response. This is not true as local groups are not monitored. Other policing
areas are experiencing the same issues. To report crime online. You can do so via:
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report
Message sent by
Ian Stacey (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern & South Bucks)

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