Villagers use PACT to get PCSOs back

PUBLISHED: 14:18 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

THE policing of villages and, just as important, the visibility of police in villages surrounding Honiton have been put under the spotlight as part of the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) initiative. Residents in villages used the PACT process to

THE policing of villages and, just as important, the visibility of police in villages surrounding Honiton have been put under the spotlight as part of the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) initiative. Residents in villages used the PACT process to complain about lack of access to police following the loss of a sponsored vehicle. Harts of Honiton generously sponsored a vehicle up until last year. When the sponsorship ended, however, so too did police access to 23 villages.Police admitted the loss of the vehicle made the huge rural patch "almost impossible to cover". Following complaints from villagers, a vehicle has now been provided. PCSO Phil Anning told the Herald: "Many people in these villages expressed their concern through the PACT process and, as a result, a vehicle is now provided. "This is a positive outcome of the PACT process, where people can make a difference.

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