Police want people to send pictures and videos of anti-social behavior
RESIDENTS of two Poole neighborhoods were asked to shop for those who commit anti-social behavior by sending pictures and videos directly to the police.
Dorset Police launched their pilot point of operation earlier this summer in two of the hotspots known for harmful behavior and low intensity crime.
The communities of downtown Poole and Ashley Road, Parkstone, have been called on to help officers tackle anti-social behavior.
Sergeant Sophie Williams, of the Poole Neighborhood Police Team, said the force understood how offenses of this nature can impact communities.
She said reducing these crimes remained a priority for Dorset Police.
âWe know that businesses and members of the public often capture incidents, including anti-social behavior, on CCTV and dashcam, but they don’t always send them to us,â said Sgt Williams. âAs part of this pilot project, we are asking businesses and members of the public to submit any images or footage they may have captured from ASB on home or business CCTV or dash cam to 101 @ dorset.PNN.police.uk. ”
Operation Point, part of Dorset Police’s overall anti-social behavior campaign, Operation Relentless, runs through the end of September.
Posters have been placed in hot spots over the past two months. They contain a what3words (GPS) location to ensure members of the public can specify where the incident occurred.
“Any video footage submitted will help us understand the type of behavior that is occurring in these locations and we can either use the legislation to deal with it based on the video footage or pass the information to the relevant partner agency as appropriate. “said Staff Sgt. Williams.
“It is hoped that this operation will also prevent ASB from occurring in the first place if individuals are aware that footage and images could be forcibly delivered.”
The success of Operation Point will be evaluated by force at the end of the pilot.
Although police efforts have taken place throughout the summer, crime on Ashley Road continues to be of concern to the community.
As reported, a petition with more than 2,000 signatures calls on the PCO council and the police to make the area safer.
Councilor Millie Earl, who presented the petition to the entire local authority council earlier this month, said the situation had improved recently but more needed to be done.
Dorset Police and Crime Committee Deputy Chairman Cllr Bobbie Dove criticized Cllr Earl for making progress on the petition over the summer months.