Cutting crime in Washington

Some of the operation Horizon team, from left; PC Richard O'Sullivan, CSO Simon Routledge, CSO Richard Howey, CSO Steven Dixon and PC Ian Wallace at Washington skate park.
Some of the operation Horizon team, from left; PC Richard O'Sullivan, CSO Simon Routledge, CSO Richard Howey, CSO Steven Dixon and PC Ian Wallace at Washington skate park.
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A POLICE crackdown across Washington has sparked a drop in crime.

Offences have dropped by more than 17 per cent during the last year as officers carried out their tough blitz on antisocial behaviour and crime and disorder.

The hard work has led to 611 fewer victims in the area and 200 fewer reports of antisocial behaviour, the figures show.

Inspector Paul Barrett, who heads Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “In the past year, my team has worked hard to provide residents with the very best service and to achieve further reductions in crime.”

A string of operations working alongside Safer Sunderland Partnership, local councillors and other organisations has helped the team to keep crime down.

Operation Horizon is one success story that helped rid the streets of antisocial behaviour.

After residents flagged up underage boozing and youth disorder at weekends as a major problem, the team made it their top priority to tackle the issues.

Extra officers and members of Sunderland City Council’s antisocial behaviour team hit the streets between 5pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.

Any youngsters found drinking or causing trouble were spoken to by officers and a letter sent to their parents.

The team’s dedication to the area also led to them being nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for the Northumbria Police Excellence Awards earlier this year.

The awards ceremony recognises the work carried out by officers and staff for the communities they serve.

Inspector Barrett added: “Reductions in antisocial behaviour has been achieved through new innovative tactics and are designed to provide further reductions in the future.

“The team were proud to be finalists in the Excellence Awards and to represent the community of Washington in such a positive way.

“Over the next 12 months, we will continue to reduce crime and disorder and ensure Washington remains one of the safest towns in which to live, work or visit.”

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