'YOU SAID, WE DID'
St Helena Police have been consulting with communities across the Island as part of their new Neighbourhood Policing programme. A series of meetings and surgeries were well attended, and a vast range of subjects discussed.
Below are some of the concerns raised in the various districts and the actions taken:
Litter and broken glass at Blue Hill Shop
A new bin was placed near Blue Hill Shop on 23 December 2016
Loud music being played in the bus shelter on weekends, which is very annoying to neighbours
Police patrols have been, and will continue, in this area with a view to getting rid of this problem
Vehicles continue to speed in the Red Hill to White Gate area
Officers have increased high visibility patrols and a speeding campaign will launch soon. This concern was also addressed in the December's Drink Drive Campaign
Speeding vehicles in Longwood and Deadwood during late hours
Officers have increased patrols locally to target speeding. These concerns will also be addressed when the speeding campaign is launched
Vehicles speeding in the area of Silver Hill Shop
High visibility patrols will be increased in this area and speed checks are being carried out. This area will also be included in the speeding campaign
Overgrown vegetation on roadsides
Police took this matter to the Roads Section and work has commenced to clear the vegetation
Limited parking spaces
Officers have been asked to monitor the parking situation, and the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) is conducting a review of parking in Jamestown
Vehicles playing loud music and making excessive noise, plus vehicle obstruction at Market Square
High visibility patrols have been carried out and will continue. ENRD is in the process of conducting a parking review which should help to alleviate these problems
The public would like to see more Officers on foot patrols
As part of our Neighbourhood Policing, Officers are carrying out community engagement and surgeries to become more involved with the public. A new shift pattern will be introduced in late February which will put more officers on foot patrol at key times.
Chief Inspector Steve Riley said:
I am really pleased with the number of people who have attended the beat surgeries and informed us of their concerns. As you can see, the St Helena Police Service then formulate plans to tackle the issues raised. Our aim is to make the service we provide more community focused, flexible and responsive to need.
Some concerns are still being addressed, but once completed, these will be fed back to the community.
Source: St Helena Government