British Transport Police team earns award for reduction in ASB at Hengoed
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A neighbourhood policing team have been recognised with a force award following their success in driving down anti social behaviour.
The team, made up of officers and PCSOs, were faced with the problem of increased anti social and dangerous behaviour at Hengoed station.
Over recent months the station had seen an escalation of crimes such as arson, obstruction and staff assaults.
They responded by setting up a multi agency approach to identify offenders and increased high visibility patrols.
Section 35 dispersal notices were implemented and enforced and letters sent to parents.
The team also conducted home visits to speak with parents in person and delivered school visits, working with partners to establish training and counselling to prevent repeat offending.
Within just a month, calls to service on the Rhymney Valley Line went down from 114 to 53 and a number of arrests were made. The work is continuing to see success.
Supt Dave Rams said: “The work of the Cardiff NPT epitomises how neighbourhood policing works at its best – by understanding the community it serves and by working with partners to identify reasons behind behaviour which allows us to best address the problem.
“This award is well deserved and the continued focus of the team means the railway, in particular at Hengoed, is a safer place for passengers and rail staff.”