Success for three month long police operation to combat anti-social behaviour in Harlow
Crime / Fri 16th Feb 2018 am28 10:57am
A THREE-month long operation to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in Harlow has finished with success.
The Harlow Community Policing Team led operation called Op Latte, which was due to last 12 weeks but was extended to 16 weeks, finished at the end of last month.
Their operations have included implementing and overseeing three dispersal orders in the town centre and our officers have carried out an additional 250 hours of foot patrols.
There have been nine arrests for various offences with knives and drugs being seized, three cannabis warnings issued, two vehicles seized and dozens of fixed penalty notices issued.
The team also took part in a joint operation to seize 17,000 counterfeit cigarettes from shops in the town centre back in November.
Inspector Tony Walker, of Harlow CPT, said: “We were determined to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in the town centre, with extra officers patrolling on foot over the busy weekends and into the early hours of the morning.
“There has been a significant reduction in violent crime, nuisance related calls and anti-social behaviour and the extra patrols have been warmly received by local residents and business owners.
“It hasn’t all been about enforcement, by working with partners we have been able to make improvements to the Harvey Centre CCTV system and made sure repairs were carried out to broken fencing and street lighting.
“Further work still needs to be done and we are continuing to work hard to ensure Harlow is a safe and welcoming place for people to visit and work. I would like to thank the community for their support throughout our operations.”
‘ A 3 month operation to tackle crime and anti social has finished with success’ come on Really? Our police station is only open Mon - Fri 9-5pm and on 22nd Oct 2917 a Police Officer at Harlow tweeted that he was the only officer available to deal with calls for a town of 80,000 people yet this underwhelming ‘success’ story is presented without question by the yourHarlow staff reporter as if we really had better policing in Harlow in spite of the huge cuts to Police numbers that the Tories have made.