'Stop all the bureaucracy'

PUBLISHED: 16:14 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

BUREAUCRACY and lack of face-to-face contact with the public is hindering police work in Axminster. That is the view of Councillor John Jeffery, who told a police authority liaison meeting last week that Axminster Police Station should be open for longer

BUREAUCRACY and lack of face-to-face contact with the public is hindering police work in Axminster.That is the view of Councillor John Jeffery, who told a police authority liaison meeting last week that Axminster Police Station should be open for longer hours."It starts with a secretary and a Police Community Support Officer, so somebody is there. The post is vital," he said. "Rural communities are losing post offices and phone boxes, but number one is the blue light."Councillor Jeffery told Mike Bull, vice chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, and Sector Inspector Jim Gale: "Computers stop people from talking to people. "We are going back to old fashioned policing, but bureaucracy and the like isn't letting officers do the job."A point of contact is vital. I want you to pass this back up the line, because you are an elected voice."Mr Bull replied: "I've got the message."Previously Councillor Jeffery told the meeting, held in Honiton: "We have got a PCSO in Axminster who is excellent. It is a person who is part and parcel of the community 24 hours a day."We've got a sergeant, but we don't call him that. He is our local sheriff. "The police could use the Press more. The police are not able to sell themselves."Gerry Moore, East Devon's community safety officer, said: "Very rarely do I agree with Councillor Jeffery. I retired from the force after 31 years and I don't recognise the force. They are constrained. It isn't their fault.


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