Cambridgeshire police force set for shake-up

PUBLISHED: 10:45 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 18 January 2018

Cambridgeshire police are set for a major shake-up. Picture: Ian Burt

Cambridgeshire police are set for a major shake-up. Picture: Ian Burt

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Plans for a shake-up of Cambridgeshitre police are set to go ahead.

In November Chief Constable Alec Wood and police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite announced a new policing model that included an extra 50 police officers.

They said the force’s current structure was hindering its ability to cope with demand. Like forces across the country, Cambridgeshire faces an unprecedented workload, leaving officers and staff are working long hours with heavy workloads.

Mr 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.

“Our commitment remains protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities and proactively targeting the most dangerous offenders in the county. But 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.”

Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite said: “I am pleased to see the new local policing model now being implemented by the constabulary. This will enable us to respond more effectively to increasing demand of crime types such as domestic violence and cybercrime whilst maintaining neighbourhood policing. It will also increase our ability to investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.”

Under the new structure every resident will be able to access their local policing team and have an identified PCSO in their area. But there will be no new intakes of PCSOs and numbers will reduce by natural turnover over coming years, with a commitment to retain at least 80 posts.

Extra officers will be deployed where vulnerable people and the most dangerous offenders are.

The previous force model saw it split into six district areas. This will change to just two areas, north and south, reducing supervisory and senior management posts, enabling more resources to be committed to the frontline.

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