Sheffield City Centre

Date published: 24 August 2021 13:42

Welcome message from the Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Bywater

I am Inspector Alison Bywater and I have the fantastic job of keeping a watchful eye over Sheffield city centre, Kelham Island and Highfields. My area differs somewhat from other Neighbourhood Teams areas, with the city centre being quite unique. I have wide ranging communities which include residents, business owners, licensees, employees, students, and visitors. Sheffield has a busy daytime economy and a vibrant night-life which attracts people far and wide to visit and spend time here.

I have 17 years policing experience in a number of portfolios including Response, Neighbourhoods and Operational Police Training. I spent the earlier part of my career in Barnsley and moved across to Sheffield from 2016 onwards, being lucky enough to secure the position as City Centre Neighbourhood Inspector in January 2021. I am immensely proud to have this role and the responsibility that comes with it. I am very passionate about my communities and about the work my Team do on a day-to-day basis to keep the city as safe as possible for all who live, work and visit.

As a country, we have been through difficult times recently with the Covid-19 pandemic, but as all restrictions have now lifted, the city centre has reopened and become a popular place to visit once more. Footfall has increased which is great to see, and people are enjoying being back out and about again.

My priority is making the city centre a welcoming and safe environment, whether you live here, work here, are a student or are just visiting. I am keen to hear about any concerns you have, but also community groups or networks we can involve ourselves in. We are actively looking for opportunities for engagement and to build relationships with those in our communities.

I have a brilliant team of PCs and PCSOs who are committed to helping you, so get in touch and let us know what you need from us.

Your local police station is:

Snig Hill Police Station

Snig Hill, Sheffield
S3 8LY

You can contact us:

All our priorities include a partnership approach to problem solving and are as follows:

  • Tackling so called 'street culture' – including ASB, drug use and drug supply
  • Reducing commercial and residential Burglary
  • Reducing crime and ASB
  • Reducing serious and violent Crime – in particular in the night time economy
  • Addressing vulnerability in the night time economy

You said...

Anti-social behaviour is an issue in your area.

We did...

As the restrictions have lifted further and more people are out and about, reports of ASB have risen. We have a patrol plan in place for this and have recently focused our resources on areas identified as hot spots such as Fargate, High Street and Arundel Gate.

Across the course of the year, we have run a number of days of action where we have used a drugs dog and a high visibility approach to tackle ASB, drug supply and drug use. A number of key arrests have been made for a variety of offences, controlled drugs seized and convictions secured.

This proactive work will continue with further days of action planned in aside from our daily targeted patrols of hotspot areas.

You said...

Commercial burglaries are a concern to you.

We did...

Throughout lockdown, we worked hard with businesses to ensure their premises were kept secure from thieves. As lockdown then lifted, commercial burglaries increased and the team proactively patrolled hotspot locations, giving target hardening advice to businesses and disrupting potential offenders.

Between May and August 2021, a number of offenders have been arrested and charged with commercial burglary and shoplifting offences. A number of them are now serving prison sentences and have been taken out of the equation due to our perseverance in detecting this crime type. We will continue to be proactive in respect of this issue.

Inspector Alison Bywater frequently holds online Q&A sessions on the team's social media channels and also attends a variety of different forums within the business community.

The team are keen to continue to speak to the communities in the areas they cover so if you have any suggestions of meetings they could attend, or want to reach out to the team, please get in touch.

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