The Home Secretary, Rt.Hon Priti Patel MP, was welcomed to Arnold on Friday 28 January by Gedling’s Conservative Member of Parliament Tom Randall MP. The pair took part in a beat walk of Arnold Front Street with Gedling’s Neighbourhood Policing teams.
Since 2019, crime has reduced in Gedling and the number of police officers on the streets has increased. During the beat walk, Tom said: “I am delighted that the Home Secretary is here in my home town of Arnold to witness the impact that increasing police numbers and Operation Reacher is having across Gedling.
“Since my election in 2019, more than 25 extra police officers have been deployed onto Gedling’s streets, crime is down by 10% and Gedling is safer.”
During the Arnold beat walk, the Home Secretary was shown inside Gedling’s latest Operation Reacher police car, which is equipped with the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology that is helping to detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Gedling.
After her visit, the Home Secretary, Rt.Hon Priti Patel MP said: “I am grateful to Gedling’s Neighbourhood Policing team for the superb work they are doing to keep Gedling safe.
“This Government is well on track to meet our target of recruiting 20,000 extra police officers by 2023. More than 240 additional officers have already been recruited here in Nottinghamshire with over 25 extra police officers deployed across Gedling.
“Together with our Beating Crime Plan, this Conservative Government is determined to crack down on crime and back our police with the powers they need. These extra police officers are able to shut down drug gangs, take knives off our streets, crack down on anti-social behaviour, reduce speeding on our roads and protect Gedling’s communities from harm.”