New cop on the block tackles antisocial behaviour in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:48 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 24 November 2017

PC Chris Humphreys has joined the Potters Bar and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Picture: Herts Police

PC Chris Humphreys has joined the Potters Bar and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Team. Picture: Herts Police

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A new officer has joined the Potters Bar and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Team to help deal with crime and antisocial behaviour in the towns.

PC Chris Humphreys, who has seven-and-a-half years’ experience in Hertfordshire, will be tackling antisocial behaviour near McDonalds and the Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane, antisocial behaviour and inconsiderate use of off-road bikes around the Furzefield Centre and antisocial behaviour around Tesco and Shenley Park.

PC Humphreys said: “I am really pleased to be posted here as I’ve previously worked in Hertsmere and I wanted to try something new after five years on intervention.

“Instead of responding to emergency incidents and moving on to the next job, we are able to invest time dealing with longer term problems and anti-social behaviour as well as dealing with crime.”

PC Humphreys worked in Hertsmere and Watford on intervention and spent two years on the Operation Scorpion team in Hertsmere.

He said: “I was working on drugs warrants and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) and cross-border operations to track down burglars, robbers and those involved in drug and vehicle related crime.”

Using his previous experience on the Operation Scorpion team, he is currently working on drugs warrants in Potters Bar following information from members of the public and intelligence gained from police colleagues.

With regards to tackling antisocial behaviour, he said: “We have plenty of options available to us to deal with nuisance behaviour.

“In relation to the neighbourhood priorities, we have issued Community Protection Warnings (CPW) and Community Protection Notices (CPN).

“A breach of a CPN is a criminal offence.

“We have also issued section 59 warnings for antisocial riders followed by confiscation orders and have banned people from shops. “We also work closely with colleagues from the Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to help safeguard young and vulnerable people.”

The team has also recently carried out its Safer Streets initiatives in Tiverton Road, Potters Bar, where police and council representatives speak to residents about personal and home safety as well as signing residents up to the online Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

PC Humphreys helped catch two burglars at Hendon cemetery following a pursuit through Bushey in September, when he first joined. The offences were linked to burglaries in Bushey and the jewellery was reunited with its owners.

PC Humphreys spent four and a half years as a Special Constable in Watford and two years as an enquiry officer working at Berkhamstead, Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Watford police stations.

Chris is aged 31 and enjoys riding motorbikes, scuba diving, running and gaming and he is a drone enthusiast.

Hertsmere Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “Chris is a welcome addition to the team and will be working on problem solving initiatives and providing high-visibility patrols.

“His experience in covert policing and dealing with cross boarder criminals will be a real advantage to the team.”

Potters Bar and Shenley Sergeant Noel Buckley added: “Burglary remains an on-going problem in Potters Bar, like the rest of Hertfordshire.

“We have arrested suspects and have increased high-visibility and covert police patrols but we also need the public to help themselves by simply double locking PVCu doors and investing in timer lights and smart web cam CCTV technology inside their homes or on their doorbells.

“We have also unfortunately had a series of isolated incidents, including the ‘cat killer’ by a suspected travelling criminal. “This investigation is being led by a team in the Met police.”

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