Cambridgeshire police to get more officers and hubs as a result of review

PUBLISHED: 07:30 19 January 2018

Jason Ablewhite, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commisioner, has backed plans by chief constable Alec Wood to put 50 more officers on the frontline. Picture: Keith Heppell

Jason Ablewhite, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commisioner, has backed plans by chief constable Alec Wood to put 50 more officers on the frontline. Picture: Keith Heppell

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50 more frontline officers will tackle crime in the county

Cambridgeshire’s chief constable has admitted that a new policing model for the county had to be found because the current one is no longer viable.

A new way of policing the region will be rolled out from April 30 and includes 50 more frontline officers but no new PCSO intakes.

In November 2016, the local policing review team was tasked with designing a model that would deliver a demand-led and victim-focused service and provide much-needed support to the frontline.

Chief Constable Alec Wood said: “Our current policing model is no longer sustainable and is hampering our ability to manage our demand. As a result, officers and staff are having to work long hours and juggle heavy workloads and this is not manageable in the long term.

“To be as effective as possible, and to provide victims with the best service we can, we need a new way of working that enables us to better manage our demand and resources. The new structure will put more officers on the frontline and enable us to improve our service and the way we manage our demand.”

The changes include:

■ A commitment to retain a minimum of 80 full time equivalent PCSO posts.

■ Additional officers in areas where the most vulnerable live and most dangerous offenders are, focusing on issues such as child protection, rape and domestic abuse.

■ A demand hub will merge the contact and crime management functions.

■ Six policing districts to become two – north and south – reducing management posts.

■ A missing, exploited and trafficked hub will be created, tasked with protecting children most at risk of harm.

■ Community action teams will be created to respond to local problems and challenges.

The force will continue to have a serious and organised crime team, cyber and fraud team, and surveillance team to tackle crime gangs. There will also be an increased intelligence structure.

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