St Peter’s Quarter Rangers get to grips with Reveal body cameras
Officers from the Derby City Safer Neighbourhood team are supporting the rangers from the St Peter’s Quarter and Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) with additional training for their Reveal body cameras.
The equipment has already proved successful in obtaining prosecutions and the rangers will now be able to assist the police in making the process more efficient.
Sergeant Brian Clifton, who is in charge of the policing team in the city, said: “We are aware that the rangers for the St Peter’s Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BID’s have a number of ambassadorial duties in these areas of the city.
“Whilst performing these duties, the rangers are well connected with what is happening in the city centre and we have a very close relationship with them.
“This has particularly been the case for instance in our ‘Beggars belief’ campaign where we have worked together to help address the issue of begging in the city centre.
“Now they have been equipped with body worn cameras it may be that this video will capture footage that can be used in evidence and so we have been working with them to ensure that they can provide us the footage and statements in a format that can be used in court.”
Stephen Jeffery, board chair of St Peter’s Quarter BID, the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre and Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID management group said: “Derby city centre shares the same issues around crime and anti-social behaviour faced by the majority of towns and city centres.
“The Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter BIDs have both worked very successfully with key partners, including Derbyshire police. The BID Rangers are a highly visible presence on the streets liaising with businesses, members of the public and during their duties can provide an “eyes and ears” service for statutory agencies.
“Although our rangers will be supporting the police this does not replace the police's responsibility in managing and enforcing issues linked to crime and anti-social behaviour and as such businesses and members of the public are still urged to report these matters to the police.”