Op Safenight: increase in Lincoln policing presence over holidays
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There will be an increased policing presence in Lincoln’s city centre as part of Op Safenight as we prepare for the busy Christmas period.
Officers worked with licensing and other partners, making arrests across a range of offences, including assault, drunk and disorderly behaviour and a racially aggravated public order offence last Saturday, 2 December.
Licensing officers also worked with staff at one location to use a drugs itemiser to prevent the presence of drugs within that premises.
This action was taken as part of Op Safenight, which sees patrols deployed to parts of the city with some of the highest footfall to provide reassurance, stop violent crime and to identify, prevent, and pursue predatory behaviour.
Members of the public may have seen more officers on the streets as a result of this action and Chief Inspector for Lincoln and West Lindsey Gareth Boxall hopes people feel safer.
He said: “This is about us having officers in the city centre when we know it is busiest.
“Lincoln is a safe city, and we want to make sure it stays that way by deterring crime and being on hand to help people when it happens.
“People are likely to see more officers, especially on Friday and Saturday nights and it’s my hope that this helps everyone in the city centre to feel safe.”
The number of officers in Lincoln will be increased over the Christmas weekends as we prepare for more activity in the county as people go to parties and travel more frequently.
Op Safenight represents our continued commitment to protecting the public in Lincoln.
Operation Safenight will dovetail into a variety of existing schemes and utilise StreetSafe data to help inform where we conduct our work.
The online tool allows people to report areas where they feel unsafe for reasons such as anti-social behaviour, poor street lighting, environmental issues and more.
Data collated from the website gives us the ability to identify areas in need of improvement and act.
We are committed to tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) and making our county the safest place to live in, work and visit.