My name is Police Constable Leanne Robinson, and I’ll be writing this week’s eCops article.
I work within the City Centre Partnerships Team, with a particular focus on long term problem solving for the issues faced within the Night-Time Economy. This means that I work very closely with the licensed premises and venues in the City, alongside my every day work on foot patrol, investigating crimes, and working with partners to protect vulnerable people in the City. I’m relatively new to the team, having joined after four years at University - I studied Human Sciences, then a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My decision to join the Police came from wanting a job where I’d be challenged, given variety, and where I could help people!
This week officers had a success story in returning a stolen bike to its owner - you may have seen the story on our Facebook page. The victim contacted the police after seeing her stolen bike for sale on Gumtree. Officers attended the address, arrested the suspect and returned the bike to its rightful owner.
A prolific burglar, recently out of prison, was forensically linked to a business burglary in the City Centre this week. Officers were out looking for the suspect, and an eagle-eyed PCSO who works in the North of the City spotted him, alerted officers, and facilitated his arrest.
With a busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend, a Section 34 dispersal was applied for and granted, covering Park Street Car Park and Sussex Street area of Cambridge City. This power allows officers to direct individuals to leave the specific area, if the officer believes that they have, or will, cause anti-social behaviour. The dispersed individual is required to leave the area and are not allowed to return for a maximum period of 48 hours. If the individual fails to do so, they can be arrested for the breach of dispersal notice.
Highlights for next week:
We have a busy week lined up with regular patrols, intelligence gathering and following up on crimes from the weekend. On Thursday the City Centre Working Group meeting takes place at the station, bringing together key partners in the in order to discuss long standing, multi-agency, issues. This is a chance for the police to meet with the Council, Street Enforcement Officers, major retail partners and representatives from the University on a regular basis.
On Thursday, the City Centre team will also be running a Road Traffic Operation. This will targeted at key junctions throughout the centre of the City, optimising plain clothed officers identifying crimes, with uniformed officers stopping and reprimanding those caught.
FAQ: “I reported a crime, what happens next?”
First of all, thank you for reporting it! We get a lot of underreporting of crimes which is a problem – if it’s not reported to us, we can’t look about investigating it. When a crime is reported to us, we conduct a “solvability assessment”. This is a fancy way of saying that we look at what evidence we have, and what else we need to investigate. From there, we’ll follow the “lines of enquiry” (including viewing CCTV, speaking to witnesses, looking at forensic evidence) and build up a picture of the evidence. From there, hopefully we can identify a suspect.