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Operation Nautical update for Portsmouth South

Good afternoon everyone, 


We’re aware that concerns have been raised recently regarding the behaviour of some young people down by the Camber and surrounding areas in Portsmouth. 


We wanted to let you know about the work we’ve been doing in relation to Op Nautical, which has been running for the last two years, and is our response to increased anti-social behaviour in busier areas over spring and summer, including the seafront, Old Portsmouth and Southsea Common. 


Our Portsmouth South team launched Operation Nautical to help tackle any issues in these areas and we have brought together a number of partners so that we can work together to ensure that the city is an enjoyable place to spend time over the summer where everybody can feel safe. 

So far, we have: 


  • Co-ordinated an Operation Nautical working group, which includes ourselves and representatives from agencies such as Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council, the Harbourmaster, the Coastguard, the Ministry of Defence and Youth Services. We meet monthly to discuss any issues, however we are in contact all the time. 
  • Provided dedicated Operation Nautical briefings to officers and partners, bringing all agencies together, allowing us to effectively share information and focus our patrols where they are most needed.
  • Upped our patrols at key times in areas where issues are being reported to us, most notably the Camber and the Hot Walls. We have been speaking to the young people in these areas and moving them on where necessary. Most of the young people we have spoken to have been polite, well-meaning and have moved on when we have requested, however we will deal with those with the powers available to us where this is not the case.  Damage and dangerous activities have been reported and are being investigated.
  • Been leading on Mutual Gain work, which involves working with local residents and businesses to find out what they want to see as longer-term solutions and utilising funding to help implement these.

    We will keep putting our resources where they are needed and upping our patrols where we are seeing reports of anti-social behaviour and crime. For this reason, we encourage members of the public to please keep reporting any incidents to us so that we can target our resources most effectively. You can call 101 or visit our website. 


    If you see our officers out and about, please do come and say hello and have a chat with them about any questions or concerns that you have – they will be more than happy to chat. 


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