Neighbourhood cops continue to put Communities First
It’s ‘business as usual’ for neighbourhood officers, despite major changes to policing across Staffordshire.
The force’s Communities First programme has transformed policing in a bid to maintain services whilst becoming more affordable.
Nine local policing teams, (LPTs) matching local authority boundaries, come in force.
Stoke-on-Trent LPT North includes Burslem, Tunstall, Sneyd Green, Milton, Smallthorne, Packmoor, Bradeley, Goldenhill and Sandyford.
Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts introduces the the LPT in a short film
But neighbourhood teams - the bedrock of policing - will be protected.
Said Chief Supt Jon Drake who is responsible for local policing teams across the county area: “We are absolutely committed to protecting neighbourhood officer numbers and delivering high quality policing to our communities.
“Residents will continue to have named, locally-based officers focused on dealing with the issues that matter to local people.
Added Chief Supt. Bernie O’Reilly who is responsible for local policing teams across Stoke-on-Trent:” We’ve protected the front-line by reducing administration, overheads and streamlining management. We are also working much more closely with local authority partners to get the best value for money we can.
“This means sharing buildings, equipment, information and skills to reduce duplication, save money and further improve, joined-up services to our communities.