Forest Heath Police chief tells Brandon it really is safer there at meeting of police and crime commissioner

PUBLISHED: 09:11 20 June 2014

TIm Passmore, police crime commissioner for Suffolk, and Chief Constable Doug Paxton

TIm Passmore, police crime commissioner for Suffolk, and Chief Constable Doug Paxton


A district policing commander has told people in Brandon to believe him when he says “the town is getting safer”.

A public meeting for Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, heard on Thursday night that Suffolk was one of only 11 counties nationally to see a drop in crime this year, and that Brandon was at the forefront of that.

The number of reported crimes in the market town has dropped from 104 in January 2013 to 83 in January of this year.

But Inspector Matt Rose, Forest Heath Police, admitted he still had to convince residents that they were safe in the town.

“This is the sixth year in a row crime has fallen in Forest Heath and Brandon is one of our biggest success stories. Crime here has gone down by 30 per cent, which is an incredible amount.

“People really are safer here than they have been in a long time. What we need to do is get that message out there,” he said.

Insp Rose did concede that police had not been attending meetings at Brandon Town Council to pass on reports and would now be doing so.

Mr Passmore was joined at the meeting by Douglas Paxton, chief constable for Suffolk.

Chief Constable Paxton told the meeting that Suffolk was prospering by working with partner agencies such as the probation service and neighbourhood watch schemes.

“Something is really working here and we need to make sure we continue doing it.

“A lot of credit must be given to the crime prevention work that is being done. Offender management especially has been helpful, as it’s often a relatively small number of people committing most of the crime.

“We’ve also started a lot more work across border with Thetford Police, and we’re sharing much more information,” he said.

Mr Passmore said he was “pleased” with the turnout at the meeting, as he tours the county to meet residents.

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