Policing boost as new officers move into jobs in Doncaster neighbourhood policing teams

More police are set to be tackling issues across Doncaster communities – with new officers joining neighbourhood teams this month.

By David Kessen
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 12:30 pm

The first of a new wave of officers have just started with the neighbourhood policing teams which look after Mexborough, Bentley, Adwick and Sprotbrough, with more officers set to start in similar roles in Edlington and Mexborough early in the new year.

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It is the latest step in the expansion of community policing across Doncaster as a whole, which is bringing new officers as part of a wider recruitment effort.

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Police horses outside Edlington Police Station, which has been reopened. Michelle Hudson on police horse Treeton, and Julie Bradshaw on police horse Cubley, in Edlington. PIcture: David Kessen PIcture: David Kessen

Doncaster West also saw its Edlington Police Station re-opened as a base for officers early last year as part of the move towards improving that area of policing.

And the Doncaster East neighbourhood also recently saw two officers starting community policing roles, targeting Armthorpe, Hatfield and Dunscroft. They are already working on specific projects within that area, revealed their neighbourhoods inspector, Insp Alison Carr.

Neighbourhoods inspector for Doncaster West Insp Adrian Luscombe expects the extra officers to make a significant difference to the area in the medium to long term.

He said: “I’ve got seven new officers starting with the team coming through under a scheme called Police Now.

"The idea is that they get a lot of problems solving training which is an important skill in the neighbourhoods, to help deal with long standing communities issues and finding lasting solutions.

"By mid January, they should all be in place. and in the medium to long term that should bring big benefits.

"Four of them have already started in their neighbourhood teams. Three are currently gaining experience with the response teams before they move across.

“Three have already started and are based at Davis House, serving the areas around Adwick, Bentley and Sprotbrough, in the North of the Doncaster West neighbourhood. One has already started covering Mexborough and Conisbrough.

"Another officer will join the Mexborough and Conisbrough team in the new year, and two will join the Edlington team.

"They are currently getting experience with the response teams which will give the experience of important aspects of policing work including making arrests.”

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