Police announce new 'Neighbourhood Policing' arrangements

At the Community Association meeting on 4 September, residents were amongst the first to learn of new Policing arrangements for the area, with the emphasis firmly on reducing low level crime, anti-social behaviour etc. Inspector Gebbie and his colleagues, PC Yarwood and three Community Support Officers outlined the increasing role that the Police are playing in the Community and how they hope to establish a 'Partnership' with local communities over the coming years. The number of Community Support Officers (CSOs) in the Hereford area is being increased from 16 to 54.

Despite a general misconception, it was reported that crime levels were falling locally and nationally and the general public need to be aware of these figures. General satisfaction with the Police is high and there is now greater emphasis on working with communities and effective 'community engagement'. Local policing teams are in the process of being set up, which are dedicated to specific areas. This is still in its embryo stage and could take up to 18-24 months to be fully established. Inspector Gebbie acknowledged that 'local intelligence' was an extremely valuable resource and encouraged the community to continue to feed information to the Police where appropriate. Details will be published in the local press and posted on the local notice board, as well as here on the website.

The Police are going to focus on four main areas:
Access - named police officer (details to be published in local press and here as soon as they are available)
They will also be attending schools as part of their 'Community Engagement' campaign - PACT (Partners and Communities together).

The number to call to report any non-urgent crime, including speeding drivers, vandalism, groups of youths misbehaving and similar anti-social behaviour is: 08457 444 888. This a great opportunity for the community to work with the Police to drive down low level crime which impacts on all of us.

Posted: Wed - September 20, 2006 at 02:11 PM