More visible police resources for Cranbrook

PUBLISHED: 08:36 02 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 02 December 2018

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has said she will only support a merger with Dorset's force if the public are behind it. Picture: OPCC

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has said she will only support a merger with Dorset's force if the public are behind it. Picture: OPCC

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Residents are urged to ‘report every incident’ to help make the case for a Neighbourhood Beat Manager

Cranbrook has been promised a police office in its future town hall development, and ‘more visible resources’ to tackle speeding and anti-social behaviour.

No decision has been made yet on a neighbourhood beat manager, but residents are being urged to report all incidents to help make the case for a stronger police presence.

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, attended Cranbrook Town Council’s meeting on Monday, November 19, with two senior police officers and two from the local area policing team, to hear residents’ concerns.

During the meeting, Ms Hernandez said she was ‘committed’ to having a police office in The Tillhouse when it is built – a statement that was welcomed by the town council.

She said the employment of a neighbourhood beat manager would not be achieved in the short term, but Cranbrook needs to keep providing evidence of the need for one.

“Encourage your community to report everything – if you don’t, it will be harder to fight for that resource,” she said.

“Reporting is really important. It is logged and it has a resourcing implication.”

The police officers present said even if they cannot attend a reported incident immediately, they need information about offenders from the local community so that they can take action at a later stage.

Speaking after the meeting, Chief Superintendant Jim Colwell said: “As the town grows, it is inevitable that the level of police resources aligned to it will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly. This will be done in line with how the force measures the demand for its services across the entire force area and where possible, dedicated resources for the town will be provided. There is no timescale for this move yet, however.

“In the interim, following the representations made at the town council meeting, further visible resources will be tasked to deploy into Cranbrook, in line with the issues highlighted during the council meeting.”

Ms Hernandez said: “My police and crime plan is all about connecting communities so groups can work in partnership with local authorities, police and other organisations to solve problems. I thought this meeting was a good example of that principle in action.

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