The man in charge of policing in Spalding is determined to make the town centre a crime-free one in the run-up to Christmas.
outh Holland community policing inspector Jim Tyner led a night-time operation on Friday involving a team of police officers and police community support officers who tackled crime and disorder head-on.
The Spalding Safer Zone Event also involved Spalding Street Pastors, South Holland District Council’s licensing team and the Framework Street Outreach Team to help people sleeping rough.
During the night, police dealt with an alleged domestic violence case, an attempted car theft and a suspected drink driving incident, with one man ordered to leave the town centre or face arrest.
Insp Tyner said: “We carried out the operation to promote some of the organisations working behind the scenes to make Spalding a safe place to
come in the evenings.
“The operation was about education, engagement and enforcement, as well as giving people the reassurance that we’re here.
“While out on patrol, I was approached by several people who commented on how reassuring it was to see officers on patrol.
“It goes to show that although we’re not always seen, we’re always out and about helping people in Spalding town centre.”
The operation was an extension of Operation Washer, launched at the start of December to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Spalding town centre during the weeks before Christmas.
During the first two weeks of Operation Washer, five suspected shoplifters and a person breaching an order to leave the town centre have been arrested.
Insp Tyner said: “The whole purpose of the operation on Friday was to promote partnership working and we deliberately chose a week in December because there’s more people in the town and it’s a time when a lot of Christmas parties are held.
“We had district councillor Malcolm Chandler and county councillor Nigel Pepper with us to give them an opportunity to see some of the work going on in Spalding.”
District council licensing officers were joined by envrionmental protection staff who carried out spot checks at takeaways and taxi ranks to ensure that licensing guidelines were being followed.
Coun Chandler, district council portfolio holder for regulatory services, said: “Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety of the public at all times and although our teams found a generally high standard of compliance, the operation proved a very useful exercise.
“I remain convinced that all responsible partners do need to work together to maintain and improve the safe enjoyment of our towns and villages across the district and this is another good example of that partnership working in action.”
Coun Pepper said: “As an executive support councillor for crime reduction covering the whole of Lincolnshire, I was pleased to have the opportunity to accompany the police, both on foot and in patrol cars on Friday.
“Although a relatively quiet evening, I did see at first hand some of the challenges police face, including an attempted car theft, domestic incident and suspected drink driving.
“It was also good to see the work carried out by the street pastors and Framework team, including some excellent interpretation skills by one of the team who helped to calm a situation which appeared to be escalating.
“Despite the bitterly cold evening, it was pleasing to see that everyone was in good spirits and for me, it was a truly enlightening and informative experience to have been involved in the excellent work being carried out by the police in Spalding, under the direction of Insp Jim Tyner.”