More than 3,000 knifes are now off the streets after being recovered from outdoor public spaces and a number of weapons bins throughout Bedfordshire. This activity was a result of Operation Sceptre, which is the national week of action aimed at tackling knife crime and to encourage people to think twice before carrying a knife. Between Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November, Bedfordshire Police worked with partners to participate in a number of activities. Such as weapons sweeps, engaging with retailers and pro-active high-visibility patrols in areas most affected by knife crime.
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, is urging motorists to continue to support the ‘No Need to Speed’ campaign beyond Road Safety Week (16 – 22 November). Speeding data for 2019 revealed one driver exceeded the legal limit by over three times.
Bedfordshire Police is reminding the public to ensure personal belongings are removed from their vehicles when they are left unattended and overnight.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs not only ruins Christmas, but can destroy lives forever. This is the warning from Bedfordshire Police at the start of a month-long drink and drug driving campaign. Irrespective of COVID-19 restrictions, officers will be enforcing the campaign while on patrol and by carrying out roadside checks due to the serious consequences of drink or drug driving. It does not matter if people go out or stay at home to celebrate, they may not realise they are still over the limit if they drive the next day.
Jas Parmar is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner election taking place in May next year. The former Metropolitan Police Officer and Bedford Borough councillor has lived in rural bedfordshire for over 33 years. He has run several businesses and currently runs a Post Office in Kempston.
Police have praised a new live streaming platform which has been credited with saving lives during a trial period in Bedfordshire. The new technology platform, GoodSAM Instant-On-Scene, allows members of the public to stream live video and share their precise location with police control rooms. This is via a mobile device without needing an app. It is credited with saving a number of lives and hundreds of hours of officers’ time during a trial period across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
There is just one month left to apply for the 2021-22 Grant Fund. This is designed to help pay for projects in the area of Offender management, specifically supporting the removal of drug and alcohol dependency and for Early Intervention programmes which will support the work of the Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU). Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, announced her Grant Fund on 7 October 2020. There is approximately £170,000 to support innovative and collaborative working across Bedfordshire to help support victims and improve community safety.
Bedfordshire Police is supporting White Ribbon Day and marking the start of the annual 16 days of action together with its partners across the county to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The force is dedicated to helping people break free from the cycle of domestic abuse and provide support at a terrifying and low point of their lives. But the COVID-19 pandemic and two periods of lockdown has created the potential for greater risk to victims. Charities and helplines have reported soaring numbers of those seeking help and advice.
Bedfordshire Police is working with partners across the country to help keep your vulnerable family members and friends safe. Ahead of the planned increase of restrictions, the force would like to encourage people with elderly and vulnerable family members and friends to familiarise themselves with available crime prevention materials.
This month Bedfordshire Police is celebrating 31 students completing their NVQ in policing and two-year probation period, which means they are now fully ranked police officers. Throughout November the chief constable will congratulate all of the new officers on this momentous occasion which marks the start of their policing career. Mohammad Ali, who is the force’s new positive action officer, was amongst the officer receiving their certificates this week.