Rather than re-writing this email from our local police we have just given the content a quick look over and tried to make sense of it. Since police have adopted a new messaging system, there are still some software gremlins which makes the original difficult to cascade, as we used to.
The content is however vitally important and reflects the depth of the Budget cuts and an element of 'salami slicing' to spread police resources countywide. Sadly the City of Peterborough has been reduced to being labelled a district. We'd like to see them applying that label to say the City of Cambridge!
Essentially community police public panel meetings have been dumped, they say due to poor attendance. We say, they didn't promote them enough and towards the end they gave up on producing even simple agendas.
Clearly the Police are strapped for cash but we've already seen a marked reduction in local teams but at least they have beefed up the response service. So dialling 101 does work much better and you get through somewhat faster.
The area we find hard to reconcile is that "the community policing part of the structure now sits with the Safer Peterborough Partnership (SPP) and the management of the Council Officer Service Director for Adults and Communities, Adrian Chapman." (salary £75k) Telephone 01733 747474 The council have been pleading poverty over the last few years, so we'll just have to see how this pans out.
On 2 November 2015 we restructured our community policing teams in the Peterborough District.
Three years ago sectorisation was introduced which meant officers were tasked to get to know their sector and what mattered most to their communities.
The focus is now on 'prioritisation' and 'protecting the vulnerable and those who need us the most.'
The new focus is delivered with a multi-agency approach and as a result, the community policing part of the structure now sits with the Safer Peterborough Partnership (SPP) and the management of the Service Director for Adults and Communities, Adrian Chapman.
This structure also includes Chief Inspector, Robin Sissons (SPP Manager) and Fire Station Manager, Karl Bowden (the new Deputy SPP Manager).
As well as this, there are now three police Community Enforcement Teams (CETs) covering the Peterborough District and these are managed by me (Kate Firman), the new Community Inspector for Peterborough.
These three teams include the existing 'Op Can Do' team and City Centre team with the same sergeants leading (Sgt Keith Pryke and Sgt Ricky Passam respectively).
The third team focuses on the rest of the district and is led by Sgt Warren Bottell.
Sgt Bottell’s team is intelligence led, based on an assessment of threat risk and harm and the “RISK” principles which include responding to local concerns, keeping people safe in their communities and having at least one team on duty every day.
The Op Can Do team is now based at Dogsthorpe Fire Station which is another development for the City and partnership working.
This is because the Fire Service is based on the Op Can Do area meaning the team can easily deploy onto the appropriate area.
The CETs purpose is to reassure the public and reduce ASB through intervention and enforcement. The teams are working very closely with the Council ASB team and Crime Reduction Officers and now share an office at Bayard Place to ensure issues are resolved in the most appropriate way.
Police teams are working with the Council to give them devolved powers so that they can deal with incidents of low level ASB themselves. Furthermore, as partnership working evolves, other agencies may also take on these sorts of issues. This may include Amey employees removing rubbish from local parks.
There is also a new problem solving Sgt, Tom Rowe, who is working with me and is focussed on monitoring what is happening across the City to help direct resources in the most appropriate way.
As well as this, the Peterborough Area Commander, Melanie Dales has been working on further developments in the City.
Other developments will involve working together to tackle problems in different ways and prioritising what the police deal with. We are also currently revising our methods of engaging with the public.
Historically, panel meetings have been poorly attended and so a ways of engaging with a broader audience are being considered.
A separate email address has been set up for all Police-SPP matters:
The email address is for communities and colleagues to make contact in reporting concerns or issues to the partnership.
This should result in an increase of knowledge and awareness and will allow better prioritisation of risk and allocation of resources.
Kate Firman Community Inspector, Peterborough Local Policing Command
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