On Wednesday 24 November, we joined forces with South Yorkshire Police and other partner agencies to support Operation Duxford.
More than 130 officers, came together and took part in the police operation across Barnsley to pro-actively tackle criminality and engage with the local community.
The Operation Duxford day of action began with Barnsley’s District Commander Chief Superintendent James Abdy and South Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber addressing gathered officers. They had come together from Barnsley’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Response, the Dog Handling Unit, Roads Policing Group officers, the Off-Road Bike Team ORBIT, Intelligence and other areas to be briefed on the day ahead.
Mr Abdy spoke of the importance of the day not only in terms of tackling crime but also in building up a picture of what issues matter to the communities they serve through public engagement.
As part of the operation:
- 12 arrests were made for offences ranging from drugs and possession of a firearm to burglary and theft and harassment and racially aggravated assault.
- 27 stop and searches were carried out.
- Eight vehicles were seized under Operation Takeaway, knives and other dangerous weapons were taken off the district’s streets.
- 25 hotspot visits from our Neighbourhood Wardens
- Support at 3 pop up police stations
- 65 members of the public were signed up to the Smart Water property protection scheme.
The force’s off-road bike team ORBIT was on patrol between Hoyland, Worsbrough, Wombwell and Cudworth. They sized a quad bike near Netherwood School after antisocial behaviour complaints and another near Kirk View in Hoyland.
But this day wasn’t all about enforcement. Engagement with communities was a key factor throughout.
Among this were visits to 12 care facilities, six pop-up police stations set up across the districts for people to approach and talk to officers, two antisocial behaviour surveys being carried out to canvas opinion on issues among residents, four litter hotspot clear-ups, and rough sleeper safeguarding patrols being carried out.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We're pleased with another great outcome of this week's Operation Duxford.
"Working with partners, we continue to join forces and work hard to address issues raised by the local community and deliver the best possible solutions to the people of Barnsley.
"We are committed to making sure that our borough continues to be a safe place to visit, I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, helping to make Operation Duxford a success.”
Chief Superintendent Abdy said: “These days of action are part of a wider plan within the force to better tackle criminality and learn from each other as districts what tactics work better than other and how to tackle certain crime trends.
“Operation Duxford is not a one-stop-shop to solve all issues our communities face. But they do take known criminals off the streets which might help lower crime figures over the coming days, weeks, months or even years depending on that person’s activities.
“We hope that people enjoyed seeing this presence on the streets throughout the day and took the chance to come and engage with our officers and let us know what issues are concerning them. If this doesn’t happen, then we won’t know how to go about making those communities feel safer.”
Inspector Nicola Brown, Silver Commander for yesterday’s operation, added: “The day was a success and we were delighted with the positive results our officers were achieving when out and about executing their warrants or other tasking.
“We were also pleased at the number of photographs and positive feedback comments being fed back into the command suite from our officers out on the ground.
"I would like to thank all those people who took the time to speak to our officers yesterday. If you still have concerns over crime, I would continue to urge you to report your concerns either via 101, to your local neighbourhood team or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”