Inspectors - Piccadilly Gardens
Phil Spurgeon / Simon Gee
I am Phil Spurgeon, one of the police Inspectors with responsibility for neighbourhood police in Manchester City Centre.
It has been a very busy summer period, with a wide range of public and sporting events to manage with our partners, alongside the crime and antisocial behaviour that has taken place.
We have also been busy consolidating the changes we made earlier this year to the way we deliver policing services. These changes focused on building on our support for front-line staff, including neighbourhood policing, without affecting our delivery on investigation after an incident has taken place. These changes have already seen neighbourhood officers giving more emphasis to problem solving, working with partners to tackle the root causes of crime and antisocial behaviour.
We continue to work closely with partners and a range of charitable organisations to address the problems of rough sleeping and begging, which affects different communities in different ways. There are no simple solutions to this complex issue, so it is important that we continue to explore the full range of engagement, support and enforcement options available to us.
Operation Mandera, which tackles a range of antisocial behaviour and crime in and around Piccadilly Gardens, is approaching its 3rd anniversary. Part of the operation has focused on drug dealing, particularly cannabis, although we are having to move with the times as other issues such as psychoactive substances impact on the community. We are pleased to report that 44 drug dealers have been jailed as part of the operation, with cumulative jail term of more than 90 years. 37 dealers have been given Criminal Behaviour Orders, banning them from the area. The success of the operation is underpinned by community support and information, so please continue to help us in our efforts to make this important public space safer for the community to enjoy.
There is lots of other work taking place across the city with colleagues, partners, community groups and volunteers. We will bring you regular updates through our newsletters, web page, Twitter and Facebook. If you have a particular issue to discuss, or general feedback, please get in touch.