Thursday, 25 April 2013

Law & Order

What are your views on how policing works in Redruth South? How could it be improved?

Ian Thomas (Independent)

Firstly, I have to say that I was totally opposed to the Police and Cornwall Council ‘pulling the plug’ on the very active and regular Redruth Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.  These meetings were initially replaced by the ‘Have your Say’ postcard campaign and then by the recent (now annual) survey under the Safer Cornwall umbrella.  However, I await the outcome of the survey, its action plan and its implementation before making a final judgement.

In respect of Redruth South, I am aware that there are outbreaks of crime and other anti-social behaviour in, but accept the local Police statistics that it is not as prevalent as in the Town Centre or Redruth North.  I have a strong view that fewer numbers make it no less important though.

Also, it is evidenced that crime and anti-social behaviour create fear for the elderly and other vulnerable individuals and groups of our society.  The presence of Police Officers and PCSO’s on the streets and in the community fosters a sense of security whilst reducing that perceived threat and fear.  More importantly it reduces the frequency of such events and encourages the community to report suspicious individuals and criminal activity.

I would hope that in the near future I will be given the opportunity of meeting both the Sector Inspector and the Police and Crime Commissioner to raise both my personal and the community’s concerns over the reducing Police budget and the impact that this is having on Police numbers and their visibility. 

Will Tremayne (Labour)

Cornwall is one of the safest areas in the UK however the fear of crime is ever present. The police personnel we have do an excellent job often under very difficult circumstances. Some of this fear would be allayed if facts were regularly made available to residents and an opportunity for any feedback made also available.

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