Police target criminals during day of action in Kingswood
POLICE held a day of action in Kingswood on Thursday, January 31, bringing officers from across South Gloucestershire to join the neighbourhood team in high profile patrols of the town.
District officers were joined by specialists from the Mounted Section and Road Policing Unit.
The initiative was co-ordinated by the new Neighbourhood Inspector, Dom Graham.
DI Graham is an experienced detective who started his police career in Kingswood 19 years ago.
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He recently swapped roles with Inspector Deryck Rees. The idea behind the exchange is to bring DI Graham's investigative know-how to neighbourhood policing while Inspector Rees takes his experience of collaborating with other agencies to the unit tasked with targeting known offenders.
DI Graham said: "This day of action was aimed at tackling a wide range of policing and community issues. While Kingswood is a safe place to live and work, we know criminals will be travelling through.
"We wanted to make sure we prevented them from committing burglary or vehicle crime while being a reassuring presence for local people.
"My dedicated neighbourhood team is committed to working with the community and other agencies to make sure Kingswood stays safe. We're really grateful to local people for their support and patience during this operation."
PCSOs carried out a foot patrol in residential areas, including where homes have recently targeted by burglars.
Police officers were stopping and checking vehicles, using hi-tech software to identify vehicles being used without insurance or tax as well as those suspected of being used by criminals.
Throughout the day officers:
• Arrested a 23-year-old man for possession of cannabis. He was later released on police bail
• Arrested a 19-year-old man who was wanted on a court warrant and detained in custody to face magistrates today, February 1.
• Seized two vehicles – an abandoned moped and a car being driven with no insurance
• Issued 24 fixed penalties for driving offences, including driving while using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt
• Reported 11 people for untaxed vehicles
• Ordered two drivers to have vehicle faults repaired
• Spoke to hundreds of members of the public and gathered vital information to help target policing activity effectively.