Posted: Friday 28th February 2020
Last week, I joined some of the Operation Remedy team for a ride along to see the hard work the team undertake to tackle the issues that matter most to local people: drugs, burglary and knife crime.
Although it rained all morning, the team didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits and they got to work arresting a 16-year-old male for a high value commercial burglary in Hartcliffe, before heading to Bath to search for a suspected cannabis grow and arresting a 29-year-old male for being concerned in the production of cannabis at the grow site.
As well as being able to see the operational work taking place, the ride along also gave me a chance to speak to the team and hear first-hand the difference Op Remedy has made to officers. The team feel that being able specifically focus on drugs, knife crime and burglary allows them to really get into the details of these issues and, in turn, work more efficiently and collaboratively with others across the force.
I was delighted to be able to witness the dedication, passion and enthusiasm of our officers when dealing with the issues that mean the most to communities. It’s nearly a year since the launch of Op Remedy and the officers and staff are more determined than ever to bring offenders to justice and stop more local people becoming victims. The team’s unwavering professionalism and Sergeant Jen Appleford’s leadership should be applauded.
It has always been important to me to make sure local people were kept up to date with the difference Op Remedy was making, as it was your contribution through the policing part of the council tax that made this new team possible. Great results have been achieved in the last year but there is still plenty more to be done. I know that going forward the Constabulary will remain focused on dealing with these issues and keep our communities safe.
I know local people in Bristol are anticipating Greta Thunberg’s visit to the city and many plan to join the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate. The 17-year-old activist has become one of the most recognisable people in the world and I commend her for her hard work in raising awareness of climate change.
It’s important to remember that, while peaceful protests have a place in our society, such operations stretch the resources of the police and there is always a challenge for officers to balance the rights of protestors with the rights of the community of Bristol. The Constabulary has been working closely with partners to minimise disruption throughout the day for those who live, work and visit the city. If you are attending the climate strike, please work with the police and partners on the day to ensure a safe, peaceful protest takes place.