BRINGING Police officers closer to the communities they serve across North Yorkshire is the aim from today with the introduction of a new local policing structure across the county.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams led by Sergeants and consisting of police officers, police community support officers, and special constables have been created covering the whole of the county.
Force aims to be at heart
of local communities
These are grouped into 16 Neighbourhood Policing Areas, each under the command of a dedicated Inspector with responsibility and accountability for local policing in designated areas, which includes Skipton, Craven, Harrogate, Northallerton and Richmondshire. The teams will make themselves known to residents and it is hoped, be readily identified as an integral part of the community.
The officers will take prime responsibility for providing visible local policing, tackling local crime and disorder, reducing anti-social behaviour and working with the community and other partner agencies to tackle local problems. They will be supported by officers from a number of specialist departments, including North Yorkshire's Neighbourhood Support Teams.
Chief Constable Della Cannings said: "There is a strong tradition of local policing in North Yorkshire which we are now building on with this latest initiative.
"We have more police officers and police community support officers than at any time in the force's history and through Neighbourhood Policing I am determined that we will have the right people in the right places in the right numbers to create neighbourhoods that not only are safe, but most importantly feel safe."
The introduction of the Neighbourhood Policing initiative coincides with the launch of the Chief Constable's NY Policing Thrust programme which sets out the force's priorities.
The initiative aims to make the North Yorkshire force the leading Police service and sets out a number of ambitious targets, including reducing overall crime by at least 6 per cent, violent crime by at least 8 per cent and vehicle crime by at least 7.6 per cent.
Ms Cannings continued: "Given that we are already setting very high standards, the new targets are challenging, ambitious but achievable. It is important from the outset that our new Neighbourhood Policing Teams are clearly focused.
"It is quite possible that reported crime may increase in the early stages in line with the increased contact we will have with our communities, but in the longer term I fully expect to see crime continuing to fall, our performance continuing to improve, and these targets to be met at the very least."
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