Beat Speak - 14th March

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I have lost count of the number of grieving and inconsolable families I have encountered who have lost a loved one as a result of dangerous or careless driving.

You, the local community, have told us that you want police to tackle dangerous driving – and that’s exactly what we are doing.

Operations have been carried out in the north of Mansfield, focusing on speeding motorists, drink drivers, people who use mobile phones behind the wheel, and those who don’t wear their seatbelts.

Using a speed detection device, officers are able to observe anyone who breaks the law and have already prosecuted several drivers for speeding or not wearing a seatbelt.

One lorry driver was prosecuted for driving a vehicle that was too heavy for the road it was being driven on.

By targeting dangerous drivers, we hope to increase the safety of other drivers and pedestrians who use the roads in Mansfield.

In other news this week, it has been announced that Nottinghamshire Police will be one of the first forces in the country to pilot a new scheme allowing people to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic abuse.

The scheme will be put in place for a 12 month period in the summer and will empower people to find out if their partner has a violent history.

Just four forces in the country will get to trial the scheme and Nottinghamshire Police requested to be one of them.

The force has received criticism, and rightly so, in the past about how it has dealt with domestic violence. We are determined not to repeat the same mistakes and opting to trial Clare’s Law is another example of our commitment to improving how we deal with domestic violence.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and protected in their own homes and deserve to be cared for and protected by their loved ones. In reality however, both men and women are suffering violence and abuse at the hands of their partner in homes up and down the country.

Clare’s Law is just one of many tactics we are using to keep people safe and we hope that allowing people to find out if their partner poses a risk will empower them to take their safety into their own hands protect themselves against violence.

Anyone who has not yet signed up to the ‘Man Enough’ campaign against domestic violence is urged to do so today.

We hope to generate at least 10,000 pledges in Nottinghamshire by Valentine’s Day next year, which would almost triple the number of national pledges.

You can show your support by adding your name to the pledge at www.man-enough.org or by texting ‘man’ or ‘man enough’ to 81400.