Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
8:00 AM 2nd June 2021

Police Now Officers Tackling Crime And Anti-social Behaviour With Positive Results

PC Fran Robbs de la Hoyde
PC Fran Robbs de la Hoyde
Police Now officers are playing a vital role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire.

Communities nationwide where Police Now officers have been posted for the last 22-months have seen 38,772 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the same time period from October 2016 – equivalent to a 14% drop.

Officers on Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme have been working alongside their colleagues within their local neighbourhood teams.

As well as the drop in anti-social behaviour, communities have also seen 14,301 fewer incidents of criminal damage & arson – a fall of 13%. There were 12,460 fewer incidents of burglary – a fall of 16% – and 31,732 fewer incidents of theft, equivalent to a 14% fall.

PC Fran Robbs de la Hoyde of South Yorkshire Police designed a system that dramatically improved communication between Kendray Hospital in Barnsley, a mental health facility, and South Yorkshire Police. This in turn reduced the number of emergency welfare calls to police about missing mental health patients by half and reduced the number of calls where insufficient information was given to zero.

Support of Mental Health Facilities represents significant demand on frontline resources nationally. The number of missing patients at Kendray Hospital was costing around £92,000 in police support. Of the calls to the police from the hospital in 2018, nearly one in three (30%) related to missing patients.

PC Robbs de la Hoyde worked with the South and West Yorkshire NHS trust to understand the problem. She developed a training programme and flow chart focused on improving the risk classification process. Due to the success of this project, it has since been adopted as best practice across the force.

Police Now has recruited a total of 1,830 officers across 33 forces in the UK, including South Yorkshire Police who have partnered with Police Now for the past four years, with 60 police constables and 22 detective constables joining the force via this route.

Police Now consistently recruits more officers who are women or from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds compared to any other entry route into policing. Police Now recruitment data shows that of those starting on Police Now's programmes in South Yorkshire in 2020/21, more than two thirds (71%) identified as women.

Co-founder of Police Now and former Detective Chief Inspector David Spencer, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the positive impact our participants continue to have within their local communities, and their commitment to driving positive change with their colleagues so that everyone in our society, including the most vulnerable, have a chance to thrive”.