Officers make 80 force-wide arrests during Operation Safer Nights
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Officers from Staffordshire Police have carried out 80 force-wide arrests, including more than 40 in one night, since Operation Safer Nights launched earlier this month.
The operation, which is ongoing, sees a number of local officers increase their visibility patrols around high streets and town and city centres in order to reassure communities and respond to incidents affecting night-time economies across our region during the festive period.
The aim of the activity is to keep these prominent locations safe from alcohol-related violence and work with partners to ensure revellers know how to keep themselves safe, while also supporting local businesses.
Latest figures, of all arrests made during the time period that the operation was running, reveal that force-wide, between 6pm on Friday (17 December), and 5am on Saturday (18 December), a total of 38 arrests were conducted.
Between 6pm on Saturday (18 December), and 5am on Sunday (19 December), a further 42 were carried out across the force, with the offences recorded ranging from low-level disorder to assault.
As part of the operation, new Chief Constable Chris Noble visited a number of locations across the county, on Friday (17 December).
Chief Constable Noble said: “It is vitally important that I was able to go out and support local officers during the operation and be part of their visible patrols in these prominent locations within our towns and cities.
“Increasing the visibility of local patrols across our region is a key priority for me and I am pleased to be able to play a part in ensuring residents and visitors feel safe while out enjoying the night-time economies that Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have to offer.
“I hope this reassures residents and visitors that we are continuing to do all we can to deliver local policing that matters to them, particularly in the run up to Christmas.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Scott McGrath also carried out a number of visits on 17 December to support the operation.
He said: “The operation so far has seen lots of really positive engagement from communities and those out enjoying the festivities.
“The interactions we have had with the majority of members of the public have been very encouraging and the number of arrests made force-wide during the timeframe of the Op, show how seriously officers take any report of disruption and disorder in our towns and cities.
“The operation will continue throughout the festive period to ensure everyone feels safe in our communities during the darker winter months.”