Police call for new technology in west Suffolk

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk

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Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has promised to look at spreading new technology and facilities into the west of the county.

Tim Passmore met officers and staff at Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Newmarket on Wednesday as part of his regular visits to police stations.

Afterwards he said he would be looking into a number of their suggestions.

He said they would look at setting up a western sexual assault facility like the one the force has in Ipswich, or sharing with another force, because of the distance involved.

He said safer neighbourhood teams had also asked for numberplate recognition equipment.

“We use it on road policing, but it would help them in rural areas to see where the criminals are going,” he said.

Officers also suggested looking at using Bluetooth, which can link mobile phones and computers, to spread warnings of offences, such as shoplifting, in the immediate are of a crime.

Mr Passmore said: My role is not just public interest and accountability, but to ensure the officers have the facilities to do their jobs.”