Ded­i­cated po­lice in­spec­tors lost in force shake-up

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

MAC­CLES­FIELD will no longer have its own ded­i­cated po­lice in­spec­tors un­der or­gan­i­sa­tional changes in­tro­duced this week.

Un­der pre­vi­ous ar­range­ments, there were 19 Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Units across the county.

But from Mon­day, July 6 they have been re­placed by eight Lo­cal Polic­ing Units – Mac­cles­field, Ch­ester, Ellesmere Port, North­wich, Crewe, Run­corn, War­ring­ton and Widnes.

Mac­cles­field will be the cen­tral ‘hub’ for Poyn­ton, Wilm­slow, Con­gle­ton and Knutsford polic­ing units.

The change means most of­fi­cers will have brief­ings out­side their beat area be­fore trav­el­ling to their patches.

The new model also means a new lead­er­ship team for the Mac­cles­field unit has Chief In­spec­tor Rob Dickinson in charge.

He will be sup­ported by In­spec­tors Steve Grif­fiths and Cather­ine Mitchell, and De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Gary Smith who will head up the CID units.

Se­nior of­fi­cers have also vowed to al­lo­cate one PCSO to each elec­toral ward.

Chf Insp Dickinson said there were great ben­e­fits to Mac­cles­field and the wider area.

He said: “The re­or­gan­i­sa­tion means some of the top ranks have been cut, mean­ing we can re­tain all our front­line staff.

“Ev­ery­day staff – ex­cept those in Knutsford – will come to Mac­cles­field for a cen­tral brief­ing.

“It puts de­tec­tives, of­fi­cers and PCSOs in the same room for the first time, en­abling con­sis­tency and the abil­ity to share knowl­edge.”

The move fol­lows a pi­lot scheme in Ellesmere Port where Cheshire Po­lice claim that de­mand was man­aged more ef­fec­tively and re­sponse times were re­duced.

The shake-up is part of Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary’s goal to save £34m over the next four years.

Cheshire’s As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Mark Roberts said fi­nan­cial chal­lenges meant dif­fer­ent choices were needed.

He said: “The units bring to­gether staff in re­spond­ing to calls, neigh­bour­hood prob­lem-solv­ing, in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers and in­ves­ti­ga­tors to start their shift to­gether and be briefed across the teams si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“The pi­lot showed ma­jor ben­e­fits as they were able to share knowl­edge and max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for work­ing across teams, bet­ter su­per­vi­sion and lead­er­ship and en­sured the right per­son was sent to deal with the crime or in­ci­dent at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.”

●● Bosley Tug of War team is host­ing a char­ity con­test this week­end in aid of East Cheshire Hos­pice

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