Police step up patrols in Park Hill area of Sheffield in crackdown on drugs

Police patrols have been stepped up in the Park Hill area of Sheffield in a crackdown on drugs and anti-social behaviour.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:10 pm

Evening patrols and operations have been taking place over the last few weeks as neighbourhood officers attempt to tackle drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Sergeant Tom Hollands, from the Manor and Arbourthorne neighbourhood policing team, said: “Park Hill is a vibrant and great part of the city and we want it to stay that way.

“In the last few weeks my team have been carrying out extra patrols at key times, including late at night, to deter criminal activity.

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The Park Hill area of Sheffield

“Last weekend my officers were out on foot, stop searching people and checking vehicles. On Saturday night a man was arrested by our special constables on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and it’s this type of action which will make a difference.”

He said officers have been working closely with Sheffield City Council, which recently installed a new CCTV camera and street lighting on South Street.

Parking services have also been joining officers to deal with complaints and the council has been working to ensure abandoned and disused buildings are secure.

Maxine Stavrianakos, Head of Neighbourhood Intervention for Sheffield Council, said: “We are confident that the collective measures we have taken so far will support us to reduce the anti-social behaviour in the area. This should significantly improve public safety and the confidence of local residents.”

Sgt Hollands added: “I want people living in this area to know that we are aware of recent issues and that we are taking action, you will hopefully have spotted my officers out and about already, but if not keep an eye out.

“I am also in discussions with several local businesses with a view to arranging a location for my team to work from on a regular basis, I know enhanced police visibility is something that everyone wants to see.

“I would encourage people to keep reporting things to us, it helps us build up an intelligence picture which makes we can then take stronger action. You can contact our neighbourhood team directly with any concerns.”

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