New roving police team to cut crime

A NEW team of officers will soon be roving the Weston area as part of a major restructuring of police resources in North Somerset. Fears have been raised that some areas could be left with less policemen on the beat if officers are taken away from communi

A NEW team of officers will soon be roving the Weston area as part of a major restructuring of police resources in North Somerset.Fears have been raised that some areas could be left with less policemen on the beat if officers are taken away from communities and used to form a new 'neighbourhood support team'.But North Somerset's chief superintendent Kay Wozniak has promised there will be just as many policemen on the beat as there are now and believes the changes will mean better policing for the Weston sector of the district.The new team will be sent to hotspots across the Weston area to support existing beat teams in their bid to curb crime and reduce the fear of crime.An extra 40 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be deployed in May and will help form the new team.The remainder of the PCSOs will be added to the current police beat teams, which are also being organised into 'neighbourhood policing teams'.Ch Supt Wozniak admitted the force was hoping for more PCSOs in May but said that due to Home Office cuts this would not be possible.She said: "The new neighbourhood policing teams will be made up of a sergeant, beat managers, PCSOs and another set of PCSOs which will form an 'administrative engine room' for the team."On top that we will have the support team which will be a kind of roving team which will support the different areas of the Weston police sector where necessary.


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