Two new police officers
dedicated to Wood End in Coventry have started walking the beat
following a unique partnership with the council.
Coventry City Council‘s
Housing Services department are funding the two officers to try and
target individuals who plague the lives of decent people.
The two police officers, PC
Jason Bonsor and PC Nick Watson, will link in with the tenant
enforcement officers, Mandie Watson and Lisa Shires.
The team will be co-ordinated
and directed by Jenny Calderbank, estates manager for the Wood End
estate and police Sergeant Anna Freeman who is based at the Bell Green
Sgt Freeman said:
"The aims and
objectives of this team are to tackle drug offences, domestic and
commercial burglaries, acts of vandalism, harassment and nuisance.
"All of these affect
the quality of life of the people who live and work in the Wood End
"We will be cracking
down on these crimes by identifying and targeting the small
percentage of the individuals responsible.
"We will be paying
particular attention to any crime "hot spots."
Jenny Calderbank said:
"We all feel that this
is an exciting opportunity to improve community safety and to build
on the good relationships already in place.
confidence will be boosted by the addition of these two dedicated
The target team aims to
maximise the powers provided by the Crime and Disorder Act including
housing legislation as well as criminal proceedings and enforcement.
Sgt Freeman said:
"The officers will be
highly visible and readily accessible to the community they serve.
We hope that local people will be encouraged to come forward and
report issues that are detrimental to their quality of life.
"We need the assistance
and support of the community as a whole to enable us to be effective
and people are encouraged to ring the police or Jenny Calderbank and
discuss any concerns.
“In an emergency always
dial 999, but Bell Green officers can be contacted on 024 76 539146.
"Everyone is looking
forward to the challenge of working more closely within the
community and to improving the quality of life for those working and
living in Wood Green."
Superintendent Andy Nicholson,
operations manager at Stoney Stanton Road said:
"I believe this is a
superb example of a partnership working.
Here we have two organisations giving a commitment to the
community of Wood End to make heir quality of life better.
"There are a relatively
small number of individuals and families that plague the lives of
“The team will be in a
position to use both criminal and civil legislation to tackle these
troublemakers. They will also be in a position to provide practical
help and support to the law abiding residents."
Councillor Tom White, Cabinet
member (Community Well-being) said:
"I am delighted that
yet again Coventry has the innovation to find new ways of tackling
crime issues at local level.
“Funding these two
dedicated officers can only be good news for the majority of law
abiding citizens who live in this area."