Welcome message from the Neighbourhood Inspector Jessica Doncaster
Hello, I’m Inspector Jessica Doncaster and I’m responsible for neighbourhood policing in Sheffield city centre. As a team, we are committed to tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and the issues that affect the community that live and work in the city centre, or visit to enjoy all it has to offer.
I have served as an officer for over 15 years and have spent time working on response and proactive teams, including the force's violent crime and protecting vulnerable people teams, as well as in tutoring. I am immensely proud to have taken on this role and I am passionate about the communities we serve.
I am very lucky to work alongside three fantastic sergeants, and within the team there is a dedicated officer for The Moor and a further that works specifically with the city’s homeless cohort. In the last 12 months, we have doubled the size of our local policing team, allowing us further tackle the issues that matter most to you.
We work hard to make a difference, and for me to best understand what you want from your policing team in the city centre, I need to hear from you.
We know how important it is to be out and about on the ground, listening and engaging with local people and tackling the issues that make them feel unsafe. I know that my officers already have some fantastic links with businesses and residents’ groups, but we can always do better.
There are lots of ways you can contact us directly and I’d encourage you to do so, and if you see our team out and about in the city centre, please do also stop them for a chat. We’re here to listen.
All our priorities include a partnership approach to problem solving and are as follows:
Tackling so called 'street culture' – including issues around ASB, street drinking, drug-use and drug supply
Preventing and reducing commercial and residential burglary
Reducing serious and violent crime – in particular in the night time economy and street robberies
Tackling vehicle crime including theft of vehicle and theft from vehicle offences
Addressing vulnerability in the night time economy
During the last Shoreham tenants and residents association (TARA) meeting you expressed concern for new students moving into student accommodation in the area and the potential for sneak in burglaries increasing at student addresses.
Throughout September, officers and PCSO's from the City Centre NPT held multiple police engagement stalls at Hallam University and student accommodations in the City Centre area. Throughout the main student welcome week over 2400 new and returning students were spoken with regarding safety and home security.
On a recent survey conducted by the Sheffield City Centre NPT, you said that anti-social behavior including street drinking and drug use was a concern when visiting the city centre.
On 27th September the City Centre NPT ran Operation Steel in the City centre. This operation was conducted by the Neighbourhood policing team working together with the Tactical Support Group (TSG), police dogs and Sheffield city council CCTV operators. This operation took place in areas highlighted via the survey and targeted persons involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. Throughout the day over 30 stop searches were conducted, 5 people were arrested, 3 restorative justice were issued as well as 2 conditional cautions. In addition local officers engaged with businesses and people in the city centre to help gather information for future policing operations.
At the Shoreham Street Tenants and residents association (TARA) meeting, issued were raised in relation to speeding vehicles on Shoreham Street.
A community Speedwatch involving local officers and members of the community was held on Friday 24th November on Shoreham Street. During this Speedwatch operation, 40 vehicles were speed checked of which 8 were found to be driving in excess of the 20mph speed limit. The drivers of these vehicles were stopped and suitable advice regarding speed limits given. Future Speedwatch operations will be planned for the City Centre NPT area.
The City Centre team PCSOs regularly hold Pop Up Police Stations across the City Centre, Kelham Island and Highfield - they offer support and reassurance to Communities as well as crime prevention advice.
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 with us.
PCSO's will be holding engagement events on the following dates: