I’m Sergeant John Killick, and I work alongside PC Kerry Jones and PSCO Chloe Dymock as the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick, amongst other areas.
Over the past 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a huge challenge for all of us. It has affected us all individually and sadly so many people have lost their lives to this virus.
We know the sacrifices people have had to make and we are extremely grateful to those who have played their part in helping to slow the spread of the virus, which has ultimately protected the NHS and saved many lives.
A year on and although we are currently still in a third national lockdown, there is good news ahead as cases are continuing to drop across the county. The government has set out its roadmap out of lockdown and a huge number of our residents have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
However now is not a time to be complacent – although restrictions are being eased over the coming weeks, it will take some time to return to life before the pandemic.
Due to the restrictions we have all had to live with over the past year, we have had to adapt the way we police our villages, but we have continued to engage and listen to our communities in the best way we can so we can understand your concerns, which helps us decide what we need to focus on.
Our team has responded to a number of concerns in Stewartby in regards to COVID breaches, and tickets and warnings have been handed out where appropriate.
The issue of antisocial behaviour has also been raised to us and we are working hard to ensure that this is resolved and we will continue to patrol any areas of concern.
Due to our ongoing partnership work and visits to the Kempston Hardwick caravan site, there has been a decrease in the number of reports of crime and antisocial behaviour over the last three to four months.
Please remember that if you have any issues in your area or you want to report any suspicious behaviour, you can always let us know by reporting them via our online reporting tool.
Alternatively, you can use our live web chat service, which will put you in touch with someone directly in our contact centre, or call us on 101.
Unfortunately, we have had instances where people have used local social media groups to let other people know that they have been the victim of a crime, but haven’t reported it to us directly, which means we are unaware and unable to investigate.
Letting us know of any issues in your area really does help us create an intelligence picture and feeds into how we tackle these problems.
For more information about what is happening in your area, you can also sign up to Beds Alert, which is an email messaging system powered by Neighbourhood Alert. This allows you to get the most up-to-date communications from us, including news, appeals and advice.
The Have Your Say survey is also another way in which you can help us determine the priorities for your area and provide us with a better understanding of the issues that are effecting you.
To find out more about the current government coronavirus restrictions, you can visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Please continue to stay alert and help us keep Bedfordshire safe.
Sergeant John Killick