New neighbourhood policing inspector sets out crime-fighting vision

The new cop in charge of policing in the Broxtowe district has vowed to continue the fight against burglary, drugs and road crime after taking over the reins.

Inspector Mike Ebbins has been a Nottinghamshire Police officer for 20 years, with most of his service spent as an investigator, working in a number of different crime areas including serious organised crime and modern slavery.

Most recently he has been detective inspector for the Beeston area, dealing with complex investigations.

Insp Ebbins and his local teams are determined to tackle and reduce incidents of burglary, drugs and road crime after reviewing crime trends and listening to the concerns of local residents and businesses and what issues they have said matter most to them.

He said: “I’m excited to be taking over the role of neighbourhood inspector for the Broxtowe district.

“Having now met all my neighbourhood teams and our partners I am confident we have the right people needed to achieve results on this area.

“I’m pleased that house burglaries continue to decrease in Broxtowe thanks to the hard work of the neighbourhood policing team, our dedicated Broxtowe Operation Reacher team and our burglary investigations team.

However we will never be complacent and we need to keep the pressure on as the impact on burglary victims is so great.

“Two operations will continue to focus on the drugs trade operating in the area.

Operation Hadar in Eastwood entails high-visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence-led targeting of key suspects, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible.

“We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this. Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

“Operation Larkspur has been in existence since August 2020 and was set up to proactively target antisocial behaviour, violence and criminality, including the local drug trade in Stapleford, following an increase in these types of incidents coming out of the first national Covid-19 lockdown.“Both operations will now see additional patrols in place to provide reassurance and crack down on criminality.

”Insp Ebbins’ appointment comes as Nottinghamshire Police shines a light on some of the crucial neighbourhood policing work being done every day in its communities in support of a new national campaign.

The neighbourhood policing week of action, which launched on Monday (17 January 2022), is recognising and celebrating the vital work local policing teams, officers and volunteers do all year round to serve their communities, keep them safe and tackle those issues that matter most to members of the public.

It comes as Nottinghamshire Police continues to invest in neighbourhood policing, with the service actively seeking new community-spirited volunteers to bolster its ranks.

Examples of proactive neighbourhood policing work going on in the Broxtowe district this week include bike marking events in the Beeston area to prevent bike thefts, the use of capture bikes to catch bike thieves, as well as targeted operations to tackle antisocial behaviour in hot-spot locations and operations to reduce speeding and improve road safety.

High-visibility and plain clothes operations will be taking place to crack down on shop theft in the Giltbrook area, warrant activity will be continuing to tackle the supply of illegal drugs and officers and council partners will be engaging with residents and listening to their concerns during patch walks in their areas.Insp Ebbins added:

“In order to achieve our aims I want the community to continue to tell us what issues are causing them concern and to have the confidence to report information to us.

“I promise that all information shared will be reviewed by an officer to see if we can take action and, of course, anything reported will always be treated in the strictest confidence.

“My intention going forward is to keep people updated on the proactive police work going on in their communities to tackle our neighbourhood policing priorities, giving them the confidence to share their concerns and enabling us to take the appropriate action to combat crime.”

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