Chester Policing Team keen to drive down crime in the city Date published: 16th September 2015 10.08am

Crime is at its lowest levels for 25 years, and officers from Chester Local Policing Unit (LPU) are keen to ensure that trend continues.

Operation Centurion is Chester LPU’s coordinated response to tackle crime, anti-social behavior, public disorder and violent crime in the City of Chester. Local officers have been working closely with key partners - such as Cheshire West and Chester Council, Trading Standards, the University and business community - conducting various initiatives and days of action to ensure that Chester remains a safe place.

Chief Inspector Paul Williams, who is leading the Operation said, “Chester is an iconic City attracting visitors from across the world and we are committed to it being one of the safest cities in the country.”

The Local Policing Unit, supported by members of the Special Constabulary, have been patrolling the streets, maintaining a highly visible presence during key times to provide public reassurance, dealing with issues including drug possession and supply, incidents linked to legal highs, vagrancy related anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and alcohol-related crime. The team has also worked hard with Chester Pub Watch, together with the Local Authority Licensing Enforcement Team, in making licensed premises across the city as safe as possible.

Chief Inspector Williams added, “Chester has a vibrant daytime and night time economy. Each comes with its own policing issues and the team is committed to responding robustly to the needs of people who live, work and visit Chester, reiterating our commitment to be accessible to and there for communities, when and where they need us.”

Operation Centurion has been running since July and has yielded positive results in respect of not just crime and anti-social behavior but equally importantly, in excellent feedback received from local business, residents and visitors.

Chief Inspector Williams said, “Public consultation ends on 15 October in respect of the City’s first Public Space Protection Order, designed to assist the Local Policing Unit, together with the Local Authority in tackling priority issues, such as incidents linked to the use of legal highs and vagrancy related anti-social behaviour. This can only assist going forward and will run in parallel with Community Protection Notices, served on shops selling legal highs, thereafter making it an offence to continue to sell such products in the City.”