Police bid to do their paperwork in cafes
POLICE are hoping to increase their presence in Loughborough town centre by allowing officers to carry out paperwork in coffee shops, restaurants and businesses in the town.
Police commander for Charnwood, Insp Dwight Barker told the that he is hoping the initiative can help reduce crime in the area.
He said that he was hoping businesses would come forward to allow officers to sit in their shops, bars and restaurants to carry out work that can hopefully reduce the amount of crime in the town centre.
He said that this does not just apply to Loughborough town centre, but to all of Charnwood.
Insp Barker said that all officers now have ‘agile equipment’ such as specialist laptops and mobile phones that will allow them to carry out paperwork wherever they are based.
The equipment can allow staff to be based in a range of buildings, but still have access to police systems.
He said: “We are hoping that by doing this across the area we can have a more around the clock police presence.”
He said that it means that officers can sit in their cars, or can for example go and sit in a coffee shop rather than having to head back to the police headquarters to fill in forms.
He said that he hopes this will lead to a “reduction in crime.”
He said: “So if you see an officer on their phone or laptop even in places like McDonald’s then they will be more than likely doing work and it will hopefully be a deterrent to criminals.
“Officers have to carry out important paper work for a lot of different reasons and if they are out doing it in public I think it is better for everyone.
“People often complain about a lack of police presence but I am hoping that this can go towards solving this problem. ”
He said that officers will still be in their uniforms and it will allow them to respond quickly to nearby emergency calls.
In February as part of his annual budget, police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire, Lord Willy Bach proposed to invest £4m in the continued roll out of agile IT equipment until 2018-19.
This was part of his plans to increase police visibility that were supported by the Police and Crime Panel.
He said that this would enable uniformed staff to spend longer in the communities they serve - thus increasing visibility.
Insp Barker said that if any businesses were interested in being part of the scheme then to call 101 and contact Sergeant Leon Kirkpatrick.