PACT process is the way forward

PUBLISHED: 08:42 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

POLICE, working with the public and partner agencies though the PACT initiative, are forging a way forward in combating crime in Honiton.

POLICE, working with the public and partner agencies though the PACT initiative, are forging a way forward in combating crime in Honiton.That's the message Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Ian Atyeo delivered to Honiton Town Council as he gave his monthly crime report on Monday.A community policing team will be in Lace Walk today (Wednesday), canvassing views, and public concerns will go forward to help shape special PACT targets in the town.Three priorities will periodically be identified by the public and six-week-long clampdowns imposed by police to target problems.The clampdowns will run alongside normal policing work. PC Atyeo said the aim is for everyone in Honiton to fill out a PACT card, giving individuals a voice on matters of concern.A volunteer at Honiton Police Station is to collate information supplied.The PACT initiative will work closely with the Local Action Group, made up of un-elected community leaders.Since January 17, however, the response to PACT has been low in Honiton, PC Atyeo reported.A total of 98 people had filled in special cards. The responses highlighted 28 matters of interest to police, including anti-social behaviour and speeding, 70 matters relating to local authority and miscellaneous issues and 12 comments stating respondents had "no concerns and were very happy".Among the unexpected comments was one that said: "I haven't seen the police for 24 years."PC Atyeo said: "Perhaps they should get out more, because we are here."Another comment stated: "Police are a complete waste of time."Since January 17 police in Honiton have dealt with 594 calls, of which 134 resulted in crimes being recorded - an average of 2.16 crimes per day. Out of those crimes, 28 have been classified 'non crime incidents' because nobody has made a formal complaint.

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