Posted: Tue 28th Mar 2023

North Flintshire District Inspector focused on solving crime and ASB at root level

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2023

North Flintshire’s new District Inspector has been reflecting on his first three months in post.

In an update today, Inspector Wesley Williams said that he has “loved every minute of his time so far” and highlighted the work that he, his team, partners and the community have been involved in.

When he started, the North Flintshire’s District Inspector set out three key areas for the team to work on: engagement, problem solving and targeted activity.

He explained that these were essential to getting the principles right, so that everything else would take care of itself.

Insp Williams acknowledged that they don’t always get everything right, but assured the public that they would always try their best to do the right thing to get the right outcome for those involved.

He also said that he was in regular contact with councillors, AMs and MPs to ensure that everyone was working as one team to better improve the support provided to communities.

One of the highlights from the first three months was the team’s increased engagement with the community.

Patrols have been increased in high footfall and isolated areas to ensure that teams can speak with local residents to understand what is happening and how they can support with local initiatives.

Insp Williams explained that they are keen to get to the root cause of issues, rather than simply putting plasters on problems.

This approach has already seen great success with the Safer Streets initiative in Shotton, which has led to around 500 addresses being made more secure, additional CCTV cameras being installed, and youth engagement being increased to reduce anti-social behaviour, acquisitive crime, violence against women and girls and the wider community.

The team is taking a zero-tolerance approach against those that are intent on causing misery within the community, and are seeking longer term investment in the area to ensure that their efforts are sustainable and have a long-lasting legacy.

Targeted activity has also been a key area for the team.

Recent successes have included the co-ordinated arrests of three individuals that have been causing issues within the community, with one being arrested and charged with shoplifting offences in the Holywell area and another for failing to attend court for breaching the conditions of a community protection notice.

The team is also making significant in-roads into their response to domestic abuse, with positive outcomes improving and a zero-tolerance stance being taken to remove those that are causing significant harm to individuals behind closed doors.

There have also been several initiatives to tackle county lines across the district, including Operation Medusa, with the team heavily investing in identifying and protecting vulnerable people that are preyed on by those involved in supplying drugs.

Insp Williams thanked the community for their support and expressed his appreciation for the great partnership working with local businesses. He finished by wishing everyone well and encouraging them to enjoy their day.

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