Call for police to be 'more visible'

PUBLISHED: 14:01 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

THE police should be more visible on Honiton's streets according Councillor Peter Halse. While he acknowledged the significance in the recently reported drop in crime, he said there should be more fully trained officers serving the town. Speaking at Honit

THE police should be more visible on Honiton's streets according Councillor Peter Halse.While he acknowledged the significance in the recently reported drop in crime, he said there should be more fully trained officers serving the town.Speaking at Honiton Town Council, he said: "People need to see police officers in the streets who are capable of making arrests."I have not seen one for months and months."I am not speaking against the police but against the government."There is a feeling that officers have a mass of forms to fill out and as a result we get PCSOs."They do a marvellous job but it is a job that police officers should be doing and special constables seem to have been downgraded."He said he thought officers should be walking the streets, rather than "buzzing around in cars".Such is Mr Halse's concern that he had sent an email to the Chief Constable, Stephen Otter, but he was unhappy that it had taken some months to get a response.PC Ian Atyeo responded by saying the PCSOs were a valuable part of the police team in Honiton.He also invited Mr Halse to visit the station to see for himself the work of the police.In terms of the response time to the email, he said he could not answer for the Chief Constable but added: "If you came to the right people (himself or Inspector Gale), you would have got a quicker response."Mr Halse said: "I support what PC Atyeo has said and my criticism is not directed at the local police. I want to put pressure where it really matters and, unless people do that, then nothing is going to happen.

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