Insp Andy Everitt, Ryedale police:
LOOKING back over 2014, Ryedale police have again received tremendous support from the community as we continue to address those crime and quality of life issues that impact us on all, and I thank you for that.
I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to live and work in such a wonderful place as Ryedale where the quality of its community more than matches the beauty of its natural surroundings.
I am delighted to report that acquisitive crime, such as burglary and all types of theft, are continuing to reduce across the district in some instances by up to 25 per cent compared to last year, and we will continue to target persistent offenders wherever they reside.
Violence in the night-time economy is also reducing markedly and I would like to thank all our licensees, bar and door staff who worked in a co-ordinated way to deter drunkenness and poor behaviour in our towns.
I would also like to acknowledge the work of our Pubwatch schemes in banning trouble-makers from all town centre pubs and for the work of our Street Angels who volunteer their time to assist in keeping vulnerable people safe in the night-time economy.
I am very aware that everything we achieve in delivering policing services is a team effort and we could not be where we are now without the support of other partner agencies and volunteers. Thank you for all your work that goes on often behind the scenes to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Finally, supporting vulnerable people is a key theme for Ryedale police and this is particularly poignant at this time of year where loneliness and other life challenges are often brought sharply into focus for many people.
Being a vulnerable person can come in many guises, such as depression or other issues relating to our mental health, as a victim of violence or domestic abuse in its many forms, an addiction to drugs or legal highs, or even a victim of exploitation through social media, the list goes on.
There is tremendous support out there, including ourselves, and we now have strong communication processes in place to ensure that people are referred to the right organisations to receive the support you deserve.
Don’t sit on it over Christmas, do something about it and make that call or speak to somebody be it a friend or family member.
Take care of yourself and those around you over the Christmas and New Year period and I wish everybody a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
In another article:
Insp Everitt said night time economy assaults were also continuing to reduce in Ryedale's towns as co-ordinated partnership initiatives such as Pub-watch, Street Angels, targeted patrolling, use of CCTV, banning of offenders from licensed premises etc have a sustained impact.