AS CHRISTMAS looms and a New Year is fast approaching, Geographic Inspector for West Lancashire, Christina Shorrock spoke to The Advertiser about police activity in Ormskirk this year.
Inspector Shorrock said: “Edge Hill University Freshers’ weeks ran from September 22 to October 12 and this was a resource intensive initiative.
“It was a police and multi-agency partnership approach to welcome and support the transition and integration of students into the community. Students were provided with information from all agencies including crime prevention information, personal safety information, and briefings about alcohol/drug awareness.
“During these weeks, officers conducted nightly patrols in Ormskirk town centre and the vicinity of the university, providing an effective and visible presence which ensured the safety of students and other persons using the town centre, during a period of increased custom.
“Following on from Freshers’ weeks, police and university volunteers have continued to patrol the main routes from the university to the town centre on specific nights, due to reports of noise nuisance in the early hours of the morning.
“Our weekend night time economy police patrols in Ormskirk town centre, under the heading Operation Nightsafe, further support these issues.
“We continue to work closely with West Lancs Borough Council, Licensing and the university to address the issues.
“Despite these significant events, we have continued as usual with daily business, responses to crime and issues affecting our communities.
“We continue our activity in response to cross border criminality, conducting plain clothes and high visible operations in response to spikes in crime.
“Officers have conducted foot and mobile patrols in specific areas, and on the main routes from Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
“Just recently we have worked closely with Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police on two separate cross border, cross force multi disciplined operations.
“In November alone we successfully prosecuted three Merseyside burglars, who are now serving a total of 12 years in prison.
“To further support these daily policing operations, we regularly conduct other policing operations on main routes in rural areas, involving road check sites, namely dedicated operations to tackle road safety issues, including speeding, and operations to proactively prevent metal theft and rural crime. “November 29 saw the commencement of Lancashire Constabulary drink drive campaign and once again this will involve increased police and partner activity on our roads. We want people to have fun this Christmas but to remember the consequences of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Year to date, crime performance remains within our three-year strategic target for all crime categories and in addition, ASB remains in reduction after a slight increase in November. “This is testament to the excellent partnership collaboration with West Lancs Borough Council and all agencies involved in the Community Safety Partnership, who have assisted to maintain performance. We will continue our efforts with partners to reduce crime, identify those involved and protect the public in any way we can.
“In the meantime I would take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”