Inspectors - Piccadilly Station
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.
I am Simon Gee, one of the police Inspectors at Stretford, but I have neighbourhood responsibility for Partington, Carrington, Flixton and Davyhulme West.
I move to Trafford having previously spent the past 16yrs working in the city of Manchester divisions. As well as welcoming myself to the area, the neighbourhood team will soon also be welcoming a further PC and PCSO to be designated to Partington. This is good news and will no doubt increase our ability to address the longer term issues in these areas. We will aim to work with partner agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in your area.
I know sometimes we cannot attend to some of your reports and, sometimes, when we do we will have to prioritise other issues first, but please understand we aim to do our very best to deal with your ongoing problems, and sometimes just telling us about them will help us understand what we need to concentrate on. If you have any concerns please let us know. If you wish to remain anonymous please contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
For all non-emergency issues, please use the 101 service. For longer term, less urgent, reports please get in touch with the team itself. As always if you wish to report a crime in progress, or a situation where someone or their property is in immediate risk of harm, call 999.