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Chief Constable urges: Say NO to violence and abuse

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes, took the lead yesterday in Boston when he re-launched the force's countywide operation aimed at reducing alcohol-related violence, domestic abuse and violence in the home. Operation NOVA specifically aims to encourage people to say NO to Violence and Abuse.

Mr Rhodes is urging people to talk to their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams to discuss any concerns they have. 

He said: "Much has already been done across the county to ensure it is a safe place to live. I sincerely believe we can always do more. If you are a victim of or witness to violent crime we need to know, pick up the phone, talk to our staff, and tell us." 

The operation will focus on reducing violent behaviour across the county using local plans to address local concerns. Working in partnership with the borough and district councils the force aims to bring a reduction in the incidence of violent behaviour, provide reassurance to communities, and positively change public perception about violent crime levels and the safety of the public. 

We aim to encourage reporting where violent behaviour takes place and to pursue a positive outcome for the victims. 

"Lincolnshire remains one of the safest counties in the country to live, work and visit. We are determined to tackle violence and offer reassurance that individuals are less likely to become victims of violent crime in Lincolnshire than in other areas of the country," said Mr Rhodes. 

Chief Superintendent Stuart Morrison, West Area Commander, said: "By its very name Operation NOVA is saying NO to violence and abuse. It will not be tolerated. Lincolnshire continues to be one of the safest places in the country to live and to work, and we want to keep it that way." 

"Any type of violent or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly by the police. One of the keys to that happening is that incidents are reported to us. We rely greatly on intelligence and information from the public to help us investigate offences. Only if incidents are reported to us, can we deal with them. 

"We are working closely with partner agencies to ensure that Lincolnshire remains a safe and enjoyable place to live and we continue to work to reduce any incidents of anti-social behaviour, abuse or violence. If anyone has any issues or concerns I urge them to contact us. We will listen." 

Chief Superintendent Paula Wood, East Area Commander, said: "NOVA will also be fully supported in the east of Lincolnshire. There is no excuse for violent or abusive behaviour and anyone who acts in that way will be dealt with accordingly by our officers. 

"There are a number of aspects of this campaign and one of them, which has been a long-running initiative working with partners, has been to tackle alcohol-driven crime and anti-social behaviour. I have made no secret of the fact that some parts of the county have issues of this nature and we continue to work hard on trying to address them. We want to ensure that we have dialogue with our communities. We urge anyone with concerns to talk to us. All that is said will be taken seriously and treated in the strictest confidence. If we know what issues are important to you or causing you difficulties, we will do everything we can to tackle them."