More police for Honiton

PUBLISHED: 08:16 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

HONITON is to get two extra police officers as part of a force-wide initiative to put more bobbies on the beat.

HONITON is to get two extra police officers as part of a force-wide initiative to put more bobbies on the beat.The 196/200 Project aims to relieve 200 officers across Devon and Cornwall from desk jobs and put them on the front line.Of those, 15 constables and a sergeant will be deployed to East and Mid Devon.Mike Bull, vice chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, told a public meeting in Honiton last week: "Two police constables will be redeployed specifically to Honiton."You should see a direct benefit and we will get the benefit of the reassurance it gives the community."Mr Bull revealed 196 administration posts are to be scrapped across the force."We hope it will be achieved as painlessly as possible," he said. "Some of the posts officers have vacated will need to be filled."The objective and strategy is clear - to get rid of 196 admin posts and get 200 officers out on the streets."Sector Inspector Jim Gale, who is based in Honiton, explained why neighbourhood policing teams are critical when it comes to engaging with the community.He outlined the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) initiative, which gives local residents a chance to influence some policing priorities.While burglary and robbery may be worrying crimes, they are far and few between in rural East Devon, said Inspector Gale. He said just three burglaries a week across five towns is the norm. Twice recently, there had been no reports of crime at all in 24-hour periods in the Honiton area.PACT is giving people an opportunity to say what is bothering them in Honiton. Anti-social behaviour, littering and criminal damage are the "volume stuff", said Inspector Gale.He said environmental audits are taking place, identifying outbreaks of graffiti and abandoned cars.Police are working closely with partner agencies, so issues can be tackled through the appropriate channels.

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