MAJOR restructuring of Fenland policing has enjoyed early success but the man in charge Chief Inspector Mike Winters admits there is still a lot of hard work ahead.
The new Fenland Policing District came into force on April 1, with the creation of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and both volume and priority crime teams within the CID.
“I began structuring these teams back in November with a backdrop of really challenging budget cuts. I was very keen that the restructure should result in a better and more locally responsive policing delivery and was able to allocate staff across Fenland where local needs dictated it,” explained Chief Insp Winters.
“Of course, the real test would be when we went live and now we are at the end of May I am able to see how we are doing. I wanted to share with the community our initial successes in all areas of policing Fenland. There is still a lot to do and the demands will never go away, but I am really pleased with the first few weeks,” he continued.
Chief Insp winters said the newly created an Anti-Social Behaviour team under Sergeant Dave Bax has already made great in roads to deal with problem areas and some rather lax licensed premises. Those responsible for anti social behaviour such as street drinking are being taken to court and ASBOs applied to control their future behaviour. F
For the first time in Fenland notices of intended deportation have been issued to some immigrants who are clearly not here and contributing to our community. Innovative approaches are being put in place to deal with persistent problems and people with anti-social behaviour receiving the same attention as other criminal behaviour.
The Safer Neighbourhood Uniform teams, working under Inspector Robin Sissons, are getting to know their beats and the people who are regularly offending and causing the community the most harm.
An integrated, multi-agency approach in dealing with these prolific offenders has been rolled out across the district. Those who do not take responsibility for their actions, and take the help and support that is offered, receive the full attention of the policing teams. Those committing the most serious crime are targeted by the Priority Crime Team under Detective Inspector Dave Murphy.
Chief Insp Winters said: “This focus on the right people and the right places is efficient, particularly important with the financial cut backs, and has already resulted in Fenland having the highest detection rate for crime and particularly burglary in the county so far this year. It also leads to reduced crime because the prolific nature of their offending is curtailed. The number of victims and incidents are reducing because of this.”
He concluded: “In all, I am pleased, but accept work will never go away and we will continue to work with these tactics to make Fenland a better place to live.”