North Yorkshire Police carry out intelligence-led policing to provide an effective and efficient service.
We could not succeed in this without the information provided to us by members of the public and local communities.
There are many ways in which you can pass on information including face to face contact with officers, at meetings, at schools or through Crimestoppers. In the case of the latter you may be eligible to a community reward.
This is an opportunity for members of the public to directly contribute in making their community a safer place and has enabled officers to arrest offenders and detect the crimes.
Whilst this is a primary concern for us, we are also able to respond to information targeting our other priorities such as safer roads.
In December we conducted Operation Siren, which is a multi agency road safety event where drivers are stopped for offences and given the option of either a fine and penalty points on their licence or an input aimed at curbing bad driving behaviour.
This particular session was run on Scarborough Road, Filey after complaints from local people about the manner of driving of some motorists.
During November 2010, 43 car badges were stolen over a few nights from cars in Filey causing substantial damage to the vehicles.
Residents came forward with the names of the suspects and three males were arrested. When their homes were searched badges belonging to 43 cars were recovered. All three males have now been dealt with through the judicial system and the badges returned to the owners.
In late December £9000 of damage was caused to the stained glass windows at St Oswald’s church in Filey, a crime which dismayed all sections of the community. We carried out our enquiries and again the community came to our assistance providing the intelligence to identify the suspects.
This resulted in two youths being arrested for the damage. These are uncommon events in Filey and since these youths were arrested there have been no other similar offences, clearly demonstrating the power of the community to help reduce crime and disorder in their communities.
Filey Safer Neighbourhood Team has always been well supported by the community providing intelligence and other examples including information on drink drivers.
This is not tolerated by the general public and we regularly receive information about drivers flouting the law and causing danger on our roads.
This proved to be effective over the Christmas period when two drivers were arrested for drink driving.
Community intelligence also helps us target drugs use and again as a result, we have carried out three successful drugs warrants in the Filey area. We have also received information in relation to anti-social behaviour in Filey and this enabled officers to target specific areas and offenders. By using this intelligence the team continue to reduce anti social behaviour.
Please remember without your help the local police and partner agencies would not be as successful in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and we hope that you will continue to do so.