Posted: Thursday 27th October 2016
Whether we live in a busy town centre or a rural hamlet, we need our local police officers to be accessible, approachable and ready to respond. Mansfield has a fantastic, proactive policing team with a proven track record of delivering results. That service is now being enhanced further with the best of CCTV technology and a new community hub bringing together the full spectrum of professionals necessary for tackling and solving problems.
Crime is continually evolving and it’s no secret that policing budgets remain out of sync with demand and risk. The austerity years have forced us to modernise but in reality the outcome for the public is not all doom and gloom. We have introduced new ways of working for sure but, as in Mansfield, we are trying to join up with our local authority partners to offer a combined public desk.
The new partnership hub in Mansfield, based in the Civic Centre on Chesterfield Road South, has now become the focus of our community safety work in the area, with teams of beat officers and PCSOs working alongside Mansfield District Council community protection staff to share expertise, resources and intelligence for a common purpose.
The operational benefits of the move are many with communication much easier and mutual support available for joint tasking. It’s a common sense approach and one that has been mirrored nationally as public services continually look for new ways of joining up their efforts.
The change has been designed to increase accessibility for the public, it is not a withdrawal of policing services, and we will continue to ensure the right people are in the right place to protect the public. However, with a more coordinated approach to crime and disorder, the idea is that problems will be more easily managed.
In addition to the hub, district council partners have this month unveiled Mansfield’s upgraded CCTV system. The new technology will enhance the process of public protection and evidence gathering across the area, ensuring local people and businesses are offered superior security.
Keeping up with technological advances is vital to crime detection and we have to provide our frontline officers with the tools they need to keep the public safe. Crime is becoming increasingly complex and we need to be innovative to meet the challenges this poses in an era of financial shortages. Transformation helps us remain one step ahead of the criminal threat and I’m proud to say Mansfield is already leading the way.
Police and Crime Commissioner