Welcome message from the Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Spratt
Hi, I am Inspector Peter Spratt. I cover the Central, North and North East Wards. There are three neighbourhood teams that cover each of these ward areas, working from three different police stations.
I have over 14 years’ experience as a police officer and have previously spent a significant part of my career within neighbourhood policing in Sheffield. I am delighted to have been posted to Barnsley since May 2021; it is evident that our officers are driven by a desire to make a real difference in the communities they serve, creating a safer and more enjoyable environment for those who live and work here. It is also exciting to see the level of investment in Barnsley, particularly in the regeneration of the town centre.
Neighbourhood policing has great benefits, it enables us to work closely with the public, community groups, partner agencies and businesses to be able to reduce crime and solve re-occurring and community issues. Please be sure to contact your local teams and follow us on social media, to stay informed with what we are doing and engagement events running in your community to come and speak to us. This will enable us to be part of the community and adapt problem solving approaches to local issues.
The priorities for the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team are:
Reduce anti-social behaviour/disorder associated with drug and alcohol misuse in Barnsley Town Centre/area covered by public space protection order
Reduce anti-social behaviour/disorder associated with persistent and aggressive begging in Barnsley Town Centre/area covered by public space protection order
Reduce anti-social behaviour/disorder at and within the immediate vicinity of the Transport Interchange
Anti-Social Behaviour and drug crime has been pushed out of the Barnsley Town Centre. This has involved a series of beggars and nominals causing many inhabitants of the town centre and surrounding areas alarm and distress. You said that often the areas around the town centre get overlooked.
Operation Sidewinder patrols in the suburbs around the Town Centre and within the Town Centre itself. 17 people were searched for controlled drugs with 4 males arrested for various offences and over 100 vehicles checked as part of our vulnerable vehicle scheme in car parks and side streets. This was a combined effort with our colleagues in Barnsley, West, North, South East, North East and South team as well as the Barnsley Council staff.
Vagrancy has been raised as a concern within the Town Centre, with issues around persistent begging, rough sleeping and damage caused, as well concerns for those involved who may be vulnerable or in need of support.
In conjunction with Council Street Wardens, Officers conduct regular joint patrols within the Town Centre and around known hot spot areas, engaging with individuals providing advice and support and sign posting them to support agencies. The Town Centre Public Space Protection Order also provides Officers with enforcement options to assist in managing the issue.
Public Engagement Meetings
4th October – 11am-1pm – Engagement Stand @ Barnsley Bus Interchange
15th October – 10am-12pm – Engagement Stand @ Alhambra
19th October – 11am-1pm – Engagement Stand @ Morrisons Store, Lower Thomas Street
20th October – 3pm-5pm – Engagement Stand @ Glassworks Building
20th October – 4pm-6pm – PACT meeting @ St Peter's Church Hall, Brinckman Street