Police chiefs in South Yorkshire today roll out three new local policing teams in Doncaster in a bid to change the way the town is policed.
The system will be repeated across South Yorkshire over the next few months.
It sees three Local Policing Teams are made up of response officers, safer neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs responsible for specific areas, and a local support unit.
Chief Constable David Crompton said: “This is the biggest change to local policing in years. We have worked hard to retain visible, dedicated police teams in all our local areas but with reduced funding, we need to deliver these vital services at less cost, protecting what is most valuable and looking carefully at ways of being more efficient.
“Both the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and I understand that neighbourhood policing is highly valued and our reorganisation aims to provide a consistent structure and standard of service across the county, reducing duplication to work more effectively.
“The new operating model will save £8.1m but the introduction of a county-wide shift pattern and consistent flexible working arrangements will actually mean more police officers working at peak times in the evenings and at weekends.”
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “These changes will bring a fresh way of working across South Yorkshire. They will combine more flexible teams, joint briefings and a greater ownership of crimes with improvements in mobile technology and will use resources more effectively and efficiently.
“Members of the public will see an increase in visibility of police officers and police community support officers in their local communities, providing greater access to advice, information and crime reporting.”
The LPTs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are assisted by a local support unit, which focuses on the proactive investigation of crime, antisocial behaviour problem solving, children and schools-related matters and offender management.
The new model will start in Barnsley on Monday, June 8, in Sheffield on Monday, September 28 and in Rotherham on Monday, October 5.