Fenland police inspector urges public to get on board

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Fenland’s new police inspector has warned that there will be changes ahead as the force tries to save £20 million.

Insp Will Davis says there is no threat to frontline services but is asking people in Fenland to get on board with the changes.

Insp Davis took over the helm in Fenland from temporary Insp Alan Boughen two months ago and is looking to implement a number of new initiatives.

He is keen to build stronger links with young people and is also looking for more volunteers.

But he is warning that the force is facing challenges.

He said: “Over £20 million has got to come out of the force in the next three years.

“We will maintain frontline policing and safeguarding the vulnerable, but there are significant cuts still to come.

“No decisions have been made about any police stations.

“The message I am trying to get across to the community is we want them to come on board with us .”

Insp Davis started his career 16 years ago in Surrey before moving to Cambridgeshire in 2007.

He has worked predominately in East Cambridgeshire and is bringing over a number of initiatives to Fenland.

Insp Davis is hoping to build links with the younger generation by having an officer spend an hour in the area’s primary and secondary schools.

Youngsters could also be asked to set a policing priority.

Insp Davis is hoping the initiative helps youngsters to avoid getting into trouble or becoming victims of crime.

He said: “Having officers work with pupils on a regular basis breaks down barriers and builds relations.”

Insp Davis is also hoping to recruit more volunteers, especially leaders for Wisbech’s new police cadet units which are starting in the town during the autumn.

Current priorities for Fenland police include tackling street drinking in Wisbech by working with other agencies to help address the individual’s problems.

Another priority for Fenland police officers is the anti-social behaviour caused by a group of car drivers in Chatteris.

Extra officers were brought into the town and this has had a positive effect.