The day offered a first-hand insight for the MP into how officers are tackling local issues and how policing demand in the area aligns with concerns raised to him by constituents. They also took the time to visit local businesses to ask how Op Centurion is making a difference in the area.
Launched in July, Op Centurion sees extra police patrols in ASB hotspots across the county, and tough action being taken against offenders by Police and partner agencies who use the full force of the law – as well as civil powers – to protect local communities.
Bacup and Darwen were recently announced as two of eight additional hotspot areas set to benefit from increased foot patrols through an additional £2m of Home Office funding secured by Commissioner Snowden.
Speaking after the visit, Commissioner Andrew Snowden said:
“It’s been great to join Jake out on the beat in his constituency to see how officers are getting tough on anti-social behaviour as part of Op Centurion.
“Since I launched Op Centurion in July, we have already seen some real results that show we’re making streets safer, stopping offenders and their damaging behaviour that can ruin lives. Getting tough on anti-social behaviour is a top priority in my Fighting Crime Plan and I’m pleased to hear from officers and residents that bolstered patrols are making a real impact.
“I will continue to work alongside the Chief Constable and partners, such as MPs, to deliver the best results for residents in Lancashire and keep our communities safe.”
Sir Jake Berry MP said:
“It was great to be able to join Officers out on patrol again in Bacup. It really is the best way to see first-hand what a difference Operation Centurion is making on the ground.
“It was good to hear about the arrests that have already been made and to speak with local businesses about what more can be done. We’ll continue working together on Operation Centurion so that Bacup is a safer place for everyone.”