Top cop: 'Safety of everyone in Sheffield city centre remains our main priority'
Top cop Supt Paul McCurry said officers were working closely with the council and agencies to tackle crime in Sheffield city centre after The Star revealed more than 800 offences were committed on one street alone.
He highlighted the work of the newly-recruited city centre dedicated Police Now officer, who work with residents to address their concerns.
Supt McCurry said: "We work very closely with our local partners in the city centre to tackle crime, reduce re-offending and to keep our communities safe.
"In Sheffield we are privileged to have a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs available for our local communities to use throughout both the day and night.
"To ensure members of the public are able to enjoy all of the different venues and facilities safely, we work continually to prevent and reduce all types of criminality reported within the city.
"This work includes conducting regular high visibility patrols in the night time economy and heavy footfall areas, carrying out dedicated operations to tackle local issues and working with our partners to ensure the safety of everyone.
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"Throughout the week of awareness, officers held engagement events to highlight the dangers of knives and completed a stop and search operation during the night time economy to identify offenders putting others at risk by carry a knife.
"We have also issued a number of closure notices, enforced licencing conditions and regularly conduct reviews at licensed premises to prevent re-offending and address issues of concern at the earliest possible opportunity.
"Along with addressing issues of concern, the city centre has a dedicated Police Now officer who works to identify and solve problems reported in specific areas.
"I would like to provide my reassurance that the safety of everyone remains our main priority and we will continue to work with our partners to achieve this."