Police commissioner tells Bury councillors joint approach can save cash and PCSOs
Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has outlined how he wants to work with councils to tailor policing and make the best use of public money and buildings.
At a question and answer session with Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Tim Passmore spoke on a wide range of policing issues.
Cllr Jo Raynor queried increased effort on cyber crime saying: “It doesn’t affect us locally – no-one ever comes to me and says they’ve been a victim of cyber crime.”
Mr Passmore explained regional and national cyber crime policing and added: “To bring cases to justice you need evidence down to a local level.”
West Suffolk police commander Supt Andrew Mason said crime was ‘moving indoors’, as shown by an increase in reporting of domestic violence and sex offences. He added there was recently a case of a 15-year-old Bury girl who had been groomed online and travelled to another town where she was raped.
On parking, Mr Passmore said: “We are one of only three counties in England and Wales where parking enforcement is left to the constabulary. Is that good use of police time?”
He said council leaders were’ on board’ but it could take 18 months to two years to sort out.
On PCSOs, he said: “We are prepared to work with you and to see if we can put organisations together to fund them.”
The town council 2016 budget includes provision for PCSO funding.
Cllr Robert Everitt said the borough and county councils already worked from West Suffolk house and asked if the police would move into the planned phase two of the ‘services village’.
Mr Passmore said: “I think we should move in with you, but we would need a town centre presence. We have started a full estate review.”