The borough shares a long boundary with Greater London - the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to the north, with which the border is formed by the Thames itself, and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to the east.
Running anticlockwise from the northwest, Elmbridge is almost entirely within the bounds of the M25 motorway.
The borough is named after the Elmbridge hundred, which appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Amelebrige.
Elmbridge is well located and linked, with two national primary routes passing through the Borough - the M25 and A3. It is linked to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and has good rail links to Central London.
School closures have had a significant impact on many people in the local communities. I have no information to show a correlation between school closures and ASB data. Presently I have no data to show that local schools are being targeted by drug gangs. We actively work with the local schools through our Youth Engagement Officers and have a very good relationship with them. If there are concerns about this I would encourage anyone to contact Surrey Police about this.
Young people smoking is clearly a public health issue and something that I would hope parents would be addressing. Police have powers to deal with this and my expectation is that parents are notified of the situation where this is found by police.
This would be ASB at this time which predominantly was occurring in the periods outside of lockdown. We have been working closely with Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) in relation to extending the PSPO and the local Joint Enforcement Team.
Catalytic convertor theft is a national issue. As Chief Constable Gavin Stephens outlined there is a real need for manufacturers to design this out. We have tasked designated patrols of hotspot areas although over the past few months Elmbridge hasn’t seen high numbers of catalytic convertor thefts. There are plans regarding this which are being looked at across the Force to raise awareness of the crime, encourage reporting and seeking to identify those involved.
Locally we haven’t seen this crime being reported. Since 2014 we have recorded 14 thefts where dogs have been taken with only two in 2020 and one in 2021. I’d encourage people to report this crime if it is happening.
Nitrous Oxide is not illegal to possess but is illegal to supply. We are looking to put up signage with EBC in key locations where this Anti-Social Behaviour takes place. We also act on any intelligence that relates to the suspected supply of the substance.
I can assure you that when we have the capacity our officers have been visiting this location. It is frustrating for local residents and those using the road. We are discussing it with EBC and SCC about the best solution to minimise the impact on road users. A longer term solution is required to solve this issue. Police attending each weekend to speak to a few is not sustainable or best use of our resources when there are opportunities for removing the parking opportunity along that road.
Cycling on the pavement is an issue in many places where people don’t feel safe cycling on the roads. Having stopped a number of people for this offence myself I’m often amazed at the number of people who didn’t know it wasn’t allowed! In order to deter this I would suggest speaking to Surrey Highways as they have introduced various active travel schemes to encourage ways of making cycling safer on the roads.
Our Neighbourhood Team is made up of our Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT). The NPT are responsible for responding to emergencies and investigating crime. Our numbers are 14 officers allocated to each of the five NPT rotas. There are times we will have fewer officers out owing to training, time off and sickness.
I’m always happy to work with our local community and if anyone is wanting to support us with our engagement activity I’m happy to hear what they have to say! They can contact me at [email protected]
The feedback from the programme is good. We’ve got our first intake going through training at the moment and they will start work on divisions in Spring. They’ll spend time learning from experienced tutors and colleagues as uniformed officers, before coming back for further training next year to learn their detective skills. It’s a new concept and course for us though, so we’re keen to learn if we can make it better too and make sure we deliver the best training and opportunities to our budding detectives.
It is never a case of not wanting to enforce new restrictions. It is a core responsibility of the Police service to uphold the law.
Surrey Police’s policy is to support any appropriate schemes that address the threat harm or risk to road users and pedestrians. However it is also our responsibility to be transparent in our ability to provide the desired level of service.
All new traffic control measures are dealt with by our traffic Management Officers (TMO’s) they have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Chief Constable with regard to statutory consultations concerning proposed traffic schemes, usually ones that require an enforcement element.
Our TMO’s have a duty to manage expectations where there is a clear probability that, with competing demands on limited resources, it is necessary to prioritise deployments and therefore would be unrealistic to support a scheme where an unachievable level of enforcement would be required to deliver a successful outcome.