Operation Falcade was implemented over a 12 week period focussing on deploying police resources against predictable demands in the busiest 10 wards across North Wales. The improved deployment model was evaluated and indications are that it led to an unseasonal reduction in victim based crime across a number of our key demand areas.
Recorded all crime reduced by 0.2% at year end with a 0.4% increase in victim based crime (VBC). ASB incidents reduced by 7.9% overall.
Notwithstanding the likely effect of the Crime Data Integrity Audit on recorded crime, the increase in VBC was marginal with some positive reductions in some key crime areas including:
Continue to develop predictive analysis to further improve deployment linked to the planned review of Neighbourhood Policing and broader problem solving agenda.
To continue to develop investigative and preventative interventions with a view to identifying, targeting and supporting repeat offenders, locations and victims.
Policing Objective: Prevent Crime
Work Stream: To improve access to and the understanding and application of evidenced based tactics
Chief Officer Lead: ACC Richard Debicki
SMT Lead: DCS Wayne Jones
Current status: The Force recently supported the national Society for Evidence Based Policing Conference (SEBP) in Manchester with five members of staff attending. As part of the work on violent crime DCI Jason Devonport will be looking at running a small before and after study into violent crime in Denbighshire using some of the evidence based academic research that was conducted by Bangor University for Operation Spider.
A paper was also recently presented at Operations Committee highlighting the launch of the College of Policing “What Works” centre for crime reduction. This resource draws together evidence based research on previous studies with the support of academic research. The use of the new resource will be encouraged by operational staff to use what has been found to work in other areas.
Progress planned for next quarter:
The corporate programme office are preparing a bid to the Police Knowledge Fund for collaboration with Bangor University. This collaboration will aim to support and develop the research capacity of North Wales Police (NWP) from within the organisation. A proposed bid will seek to work with Bangor University and take a multi-strand approach with the following aims and objectives:
Map the research skills base of the organisation and the extent to which evidence-based practices are built into policing.
Aim to develop processes which will allow the integration of evidence-based policing into all police activities.
The force will continue to assess the impact of the Body Worn Video roll out into Local Policing Services.
Policing Objective: Prevent Crime
Work Stream: To further develop the identification of risk factors for people killed or seriously injured on our roads in partnership with others in order to focus prevention and enforcement activities
Current status: North Wales Police has continued to develop Operation Sodium and has now fully implemented our capability to be able to process offenders with the provision of the new Drug Drive legislation. We have fully completed the changes to processes, the training of both Roads Policing Officers and Custody Staff as well as having purchased the necessary Drug Swipe equipment. As a result we now have a robust process that allows NWP to work completely within the new legislation and test drivers of motorcars for Cannabis and Cocaine based drugs. To date we have conducted 60 tests and over 50% have proved positive. This activity is being fully supported by our Administration of Justice Dept. and the CPS. This goes a long way to ensure that we seek to further reduce the risk on the roads and supportive action by the courts will ensure that these high-risk offenders will be disqualified from driving if found guilty.
Temporal data analysis continues to be used within Operation Spotlight to ensure that we are targeting our enforcement activity in the right areas. We have a pilot running in the rural areas of Denbighshire where we have seen an increase in collisions involving young people and a correlated decline in enforcement of Fatal 5 offences. The operation is seeking to redress the balance and will be measurable in that our enforcement activity is recorded and mapped to the casualty data. This will be reviewed after 6 months.
Operation Darwen is now in full swing. A formal strategic and tactical review was completed. This has resulted in a tactical directory being produced that is fully supported by an operational order to deploy staff. The operation is linked directly through to the Strategic Partnership with the Local Authorities so that established task and finish groups are fully sighted on our enforcement activity. Bike Safe has been further developed to include key causation factors of serious and fatal collisions. To that end we have developed and are delivering a motorcycle maintenance course with a sharp focus on tyre maintenance. A publicity campaign has been developed for Operation Darwen supported by new marketing literature and equipment.
The Chief Inspector and Inspector of the Roads Policing Unit are now trained Road Death Review Officers. As experienced Road Death Senior Investigating Officers this now allows North Wales Police to develop a robust review process within our
complex business area of investigating road death.
The operations calendar has been fully developed and published. This is controlled directly though our robust level one tasking process. The operations calendar is being shared with our road safety and casualty reduction partners so that we further develop our strong working relationships and ensure we continue to work.
GoSafe have been fully drawn in to our Level One Tasking process. This is to ensure that the tactical options offered through use of operational enforcement sites are supportive of our strategy and tactical casualty reduction plan.
The tactical plan has been produced to fully support our strategy for reducing the risk on our roads. This outlines our tactical response to enforcement and engagement around the core areas of concern as identified though data analysis. This links directly to the National Roads Policing Strategic Framework and the Road Safety Framework for Wales.
Progress planned for next quarter:
To lead a number of high profile enforcement campaign namely the summer anti-drink/drug drive campaign for Wales. This year there will be, for the first time ever, an opportunity to fully engage the public in relation the new drug drive legislation. Specific drug drive operations will be conducted at key times and at key locations in the Force area fully supported by a robust media strategy.
To further develop the work around young and older drivers who are identified as particular risk groups. Now that we have fully established Operation Revolution as a credible and measured education input for young drivers we will seek the support of necessary parties and conduct an equality impact assessment that will afford us an understanding of the possibility of offering places on the Revolution Course for young people as an alternative to prosecution for a driving offence. This will be scoped out in the same way as other diversionary courses are in place now. We will do the same for older drivers in respect of scoping out the referral opportunities for the older driver course currently offered by the local authorities.
We will develop an enhanced approach to tackling the growing use of smart devices in vehicles that contribute to the distraction of drivers that cause collisions. Operation Nexus will move up a level and will include a number of new and robust detection tactics. This will be fully supported by a media campaign.