ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour and drug dealing are just two of the issues which Bridlington’s new neighbourhood police inspector has vowed to get tough on.
And having served as a detective with Humberside Police for 20 years, of which 18 years were spent with CID, Inspector Grant Taylor, 47, is excited about being back in uniform and getting stuck into front line policing.
Speaking to the Free Press this week Insp Taylor, who succeeds Inspector Colin Waddington, said: “I joined originally to be a neighbourhood beat officer so I’m really, really excited because this is what I joined the force for.
“I’m going to give it my all and that’s why I want to make an impact, it’s for the community,” he added.
Despite acknowledging that, like other UK towns, Bridlington has its fair share of crime Insp Taylor, who has a large family, is keen to highlight the fact that it is a safe, family friendly resort and he is determined to keep it that way.
“Bridlington is by far the busiest area but it’s a safe town. It’s a great place to come with the family. I come here with the family through the summer and spend numerous weekends at the beach,” he said.
“We need to make sure the families have fun but we want to make sure that during the evenings and on weekends there’s a high visibility presence to offer reassurance for people who might be visiting town for the first time,” he added.
The first issue the new inspector has vowed to clamp down on is anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the Adizone outdoor exercise area, in the North of the town which has been identified as a policing hot spot.
“I’m very much focused on the community and the quality of life for the community so I’m mindful of the issues around anti-social behaviour,” continued Insp Taylor.
“Staff have been instructed to do high-visibility patrols and to take evasive action regarding anything that comes to their attention.
“Any information that local residents have regarding who these juveniles are should contact the neighbourhood policing team,” Insp Taylor said.
But he has called on the community to play their part in gathering intelligence for his officers and to report their concerns or any information about any incidents to his team.
“No matter how insignificant it may be, it could be that missing piece of the jigsaw for us so please inform the NPT,” he said.
Tackling drug dealing is also a priority for Insp Taylor, as it directly effects users and generates other crime such as burglary which impacts on both residents and traders,
“Those that have an addiction have to feed that habit so commit crime such as dwelling burglaries and shop theft so we are currently targeting drug dealers within the town and again we would appeal for support from the local community,” said Insp Taylor who is keen to support local businesses.
Insecure burglaries are also near the top of Insp Taylor’s hit list, at a time when they are on the increase in Bridlington and across the region as a whole.
High-visibility patrols, harking back to bobbies on the beat style policing, and advice leaflets being posted through the doors of anyone spotted with an insecure window or door are part of Insp Taylor’s fight against this type of crime, while he has emphasised to his team the need to get to know their patch.
“A high percentage of burglaries that we have in Bridlington are insecurities. These are professionals that will come and look for soft targets.
“The local community can help us by helping themselves and making sure there are no insecurities at their properties,” he added.