Big shake up for policing in Doncaster

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Police chiefs have attempted to calm people’s fears over the shake-up in policing for Doncaster which is coming in May.

Police officers have been assigned to new teams and will work different hours and shifts in the face of £49 milliongovernment cuts.

Doncaster will now be served by three ‘local policing teams’ that will respond to crimes and incidents on their patches and tackle community issues.

The three teams will be based in Rossington, Adwick and in College Road, in the town centre.

Doncaster Superintendent Peter Norman said the location were chosen because they are some of the most heavily populated areas.

“I can understand that when people at home hear about these police cuts, but I want to reassure people that those issues that people care about like burglaries, car crime, drug crime and child sexual exploitation will still be a top priority for us,” said Supt Norman.

“We’ll be working more efficiently, and with less officers but I don’t think that will affect the emergency response time, which in 99.9 per cent of times, will be within 15 minutes.

“And people should actually see more of a police presence, because of the new community teams, who will be able to get to the heart of what the main issues are in their areas.

“We urge residents to go to their local PACT meetings and tell us what’s going on where they live.”

From May, when the new system will be rolled out each district will have a support unit to work alongside teams.

They will deal with long term issues, offender management, anti-social behaviour and resolve spikes in particular crimes or issues.

A force crime unit will be deployed to districts to deal with major incidents including murders.

And a public protection unit set up to deal with issues including child sexual exploitation, child abuse and domestic abuse will operate across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said: “Even though numbers are being squeezed all the time, with local policing teams there will be more officers visible in communities at any one time.”

But Neil Bowles, chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation, said: “The new policing model is an attempt to carry out the vital policing role despite the budget cuts. It is not going to produce a better service.

“All you get for less is less.

“Neighbourhood policing teams are going to be frustrated as they will keep being called to perform other roles. Neighbourhoods will suffer.”