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More Community Policing

February 11, 2019 3:29 PM

Southwell Police StationWe need more Police in Southwell………….. That was the message to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, and the Area Inspector. After the Town Survey identified concern about local police numbers, Councillor Stuart Thompstone asked the Town Council to invite Paddy Tipping a public meeting, which was held in January. Nearly 100 residents came to the Library and expressed their concerns.

Government Funding Cuts

They heard that years of Government cuts in Police funding had an inevitable impact on rural Neighbourhood Policing, leaving Nottinghamshire with 730 fewer police officers. Recently, crime and drug activity has increased sharply. In the East Midlands, knife crime has increased by 44 percent in seven years. Further police resources had to be directed to areas with the highest level of criminal activity, particularly Nottingham. Instead of locally based Police Officers, Southwell now relies on one Police Community Support Officer and patrol cars passing through the town.

Extra Police Money

This year, Nottinghamshire police want to recruit 40 more officers with 33 deployed to community policing. To pay for it, our Council Tax precept for the police will increase by 12%, adding £24 a year to a band D property tax.

Demand Better

Responding, Stuart Thompstone felt that "we have every right to demand more local policing. After all, (as one resident at the meeting observed), Southwell alone provides more than £500,000 in council tax to fund the police".