Local Policing changes coming in April 2016
The way local policing is delivered in Elmbridge is set to change from 3 April 2016 when a new local policing model is adopted by Surrey Police.
Named ‘Policing In Your Neighbourhood’, the new model is a pro-active response to the new picture of crime in the UK. Across Surrey, burglary and car theft are down but have been replaced by challenging increases in complex and often more hidden offences like child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and cybercrime. These offences require specialist investigative officers who will also work with partners to safeguard the vulnerable, and are essential in keeping the public safe.
To enable Surrey Police to increase the number of officers working in those specialist roles, PIYN will introduce a new approach to front-line service which maintains the commitment to much valued local policing.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman, Chief Superintendent for North Surrey said:
“From April, we will form an Area Policing Team with Officers assigned to a specific borough or district and they will be responsible for responding to all crime which requires an officer to attend. If appropriate, they will then retain those cases from start to finish, giving victims a continuity of care. Neighbourhood matters which require specialist support will be tackled by our Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Police Community Support Officers. These teams will all be led by a named Borough Inspector giving them the flexibility to move resources where they are most needed. Serious and Complex cases will be dealt with by divisional Criminal Investigation Departments and Safeguarding Investigation Units.
“We already have many successful local partnerships and we want to continue to work with you to make sure that we are helping local residents find the right organisation to best tackle their issues as well as collectively problem solving those repeat and chronic local issues we know are of great concern.”
Policing In Your Neighbourhood also aims to reduce demand by helping the residents of Surrey find the right help rather than phoning 999 on initial impulse. Through the #policingmatters campaign, which is currently running online, on radio and on Sky TV, the difference between 999 and 101 is being highlighted along with details about what is a policing matter and what is better dealt with by another organisation.
These changes complement other work including the alliances with Sussex Police, other police forces in the region, and local authority partners (including the other emergency services). Collaboration has already meant that Joint Enforcement Teams (JET) made up of council officers and police officers (already enjoying great success in Reigate and Banstead and Spelthorne, and about to roll out in Elmbridge) tackle low level nuisance crime together, quickly and efficiently using joint powers which can speed up the solution and cut out the need for court cases. Meanwhile some of our specialist and back office functions such as firearms, dogs, major crime, HR and ICT are collaborations with Sussex Police delivering greater resilience at reduced costs across both counties. Further work continues in these areas too.
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