Policing Cambridgeshire is a 'delicate balance' says new Chief Constable Nick Dean in first interview since taking on the role
Policing is a “delicate balance” says Cambridgeshire’s new chief constable.
Seven weeks into the job and Nick Dean has given his first interview on how he sees the county’s police force and what his hopes are going forward.
“It’s been seven weeks since I started and I am really impressed by what Cambridgeshire police do. Our officers are extremely committed. We have a good working relationship with partner organisations and we are committed to safeguarding and helping the most vulnerable.
“I understand people are concerned and want a visible presence. But the reality is we cannot have officers standing on every street corner. We have a lot of difficult challenges and we have to prioritise, it’s a delicate balance, but that doesn’t mean local issues are dismissed.
“We have police stations with officers, PCSOs and staff in them in Wisbech and March and I want to reassure the public there is still a policing presence. Our neighbourhood teams are committed to working with the community and, with our partners but of course we have to face reality.
“We have 350,000 calls each year, they are not always about crime, but many are about concerns for welfare of vulnerable people. People cannot expect to ring 101 and a uniformed officer will come and solve a problem. It is a collective responsibility within the community to tackle issues like anti-social behaviour and street drinking.
“Logging issues is important as it helps build up a picture of what is happening, it gives us information so we can work in partnership to find the best way of tackling an issue.
“Funding is an issue but I have not come in to moan about that or about what resources we need. I am a cup half full person and I am focused on making the best use of the resources we have. To make the most efficient use of our officers and PCSOs that will ensure they are able to do the best job they can.
“I have got a very committed team who are doing a high quality job and I am determined to support them to provide policing within Cambridgeshire and that’s an opportunity I have taken. I would not be doing justice to our staff coming here and moaning about the funding and resources I have.
“We have a high call for policing. Demands have changed, we are dealing with more domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and cyber crime those are all coming to the fore and the reason for that is because the public has the confidence to report it and we have to deal with that.
“Clearly there is a balance and thisis the challenge, dealing with those serious crimes, while solving local issues and we will do our best to meet that challenge.
“I joined the police because I wanted to help people and that is what I still want to do.”