November 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm #140203
Can you start to use a zero tolerance approach even with the youngsters & get their parents to take responsibility for them? If bad behaviour is nipped in the bud hopefully it won’t escalate!!
Both Inspectors say they agree.
SO: It might be we take a child home and explain to parents. That is an option.
PW: We have had issues in the run up to bonfire night, particular in Caia, where a group of youths causing damage by smashing windows in the early evening. I have been very vocal in the press telling parents to be on the front foot asking where their children are at those times. One of the biggest changes in the 25 years I have been doing this job is the attitude of some of the parents when we take some of the kids home after anti social behaviour. We dont always get the back up from some.
SO: The introduction of body word cameras has helped with that.
PW: It is very impactful when we show people what their kids are up to not just telling them.
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on email@example.com)November 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm #140204
SO = Inspector Steven Owens and PW = Inspector Paul Wycherley of course…!
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on firstname.lastname@example.org)November 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm #140205
Doesn’t Wrexham Council’s proposals to reduce PCSO funding seem like a very bad idea?
PW: Being mindful that we live in financially challenging times, to reduce the funding from the council has been a possibility for a number of years and we have planned for it. Ultimately if they reduce the funding we will have to work around it but we are used to working under times of financial restraint. We have have 17% cut in the last 5-6 years, so we are good at dealing with these financial challenges.
SO: If they think they are getting value for money they will retain it. We have no influence or control on that.
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on email@example.com)November 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm #140206
Why are people being allowed to openly drink alcohol and take drugs in Wrexham Town Centre despite there being a PSPO in force? Why is this not being effectively enforced by yourselves?
PW: The PSPO is owned by the council. We play an active part in supporting the council as crime and disorder partner. Drug dealing is obviously something that is a p0lice matter to resolve and I appreciate at times it looks like we have not done anything as there are alot of people from a challenging background in the town centre. The penalty for breaching the PSPO is a monetary fine so on occasion it is a pointless exercise to arrest them for breach, because that cohort do not have money, so we escort them to third sector service providers to provide assistance to them. We have issued over 100 PSPO tickets since it came into being, so it is not that we do not do any, it is one of a range of methods available to us.
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on firstname.lastname@example.org)November 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm #140207
Question – Is petty crime no longer important? Or is it that you can’t staff it?November 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm #140208
More of a festive related question……. – Is the Central Road roundabout going to have policing for the big B&M Christmas Bonanza?November 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm #140209
What will actual Police services be available in the new Police Station at the Libray? Will it be open access to the Public 24/7?
PW: All patrol staff for the town centre will be based at the new station, as will the Safer Neighbourhood team, as well as a front desk facility.
The opening hours will be the same as existing station for the front counter.
The current station is not 24 hours, but there is an intercom which connects to the control room.
The only difference between then and now is that CID, custody , administration and senior officers will be based in Llay.
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on email@example.com)November 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm #140210
Question – Is petty crime no longer important? Or is it that you can’t staff it?
SO: It is all about available resource, every job that comes into the control room is assessed by the call taker and goes through the threat/harm/risk/investigation/vulnerability
Any individual call will get an appropriate response. It is not to say we ignore the minor jobs, in terms of pecking order, the more serious jobs will get the better engagement.
We have suffered a downturn of resources ourselves so we need to prioritise our staff.
We cant offer the same service we used to based on the staffing model that is now in place.
PW: It surprises many people to learn that 20% of our demand is crime related, 80% is not. That is protecting people from harm, safeguarding, cybercrime. We have set up a managed response unit in the control room that deals with low level crime over the telephone.
It is important that we record that crime so we know it has happened, so that it influences where we put our preventatives resources in the future.
(Wrexham.com'er - email us on firstname.lastname@example.org)November 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm #140211
A regular question asked in these webchats – “Why do the Police promote use of the 101 number for people to call them on matters which are sometimes quite serious when the majority of people’s experience is that it just rings and rings endlessly without an answer, or even worse, just cuts you off after a certain time.”November 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm #140212
Question from a local business – “Going into winter months and nearly a year since the mamba scandal, are you happy with the progress made at the bus station to reduce a repeat of last year?’
PW: There has been a number of positives. There are instances where persons who are addicted to substances have been through a rehabilitation process and are no longer addicts and therefore not causing problems. That has to be a massive plus.
However, it never ceases to amaze me the number of people we have got, not just in Wrexham, that are homeless in desperate need. I read a report yesterday that there are more homeless people in Britain now than that live in Newcastle. There is progress yes. I think we are a long long way from this problem being resolved.
I am content we have sufficient traction to get to grips with the problem but I also understand the annoyance of people who do not see it that way.
We are obviously aware when the weather breaks these people have to go somewhere. I am unsure we have sufficient provision in the town for them.
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