PCC Kathryn Holloway and DCC Garry Forsyth discuss Community Hub numbers at a public meeting in Leighton Buzzard Image: Bedfordshire PCC

A trouble-shooting task force for neighbourhoods is part of largest cop recruitment in Bedfordshire for a decade

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Kathryn Holloway, told a meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Community Safety Partnership Executive (7 March 2019) that she is backing the doubling of the current strength of PCs in Community Policing countywide.

This includes forming a new unit of trouble shooters to move into an area to target and stamp out a key crime issue at neighbourhood level.

The PCC says that this will see a boost in PCs working in Community Policing Hubs across Bedfordshire’s towns, which also serve the surrounding area.

PCC Holloway said:

“Every community and those who represent it, such as MPs and councillors, have been crying out for an uplift to officers dedicated to Neighbourhood Policing.

“The Hubs are working; they are out and about in communities every day and also set three local community priorities every few months with these elected representatives and other key community groups to concentrate on at any one time, but we need to give them more help given the scale of public demand, and provide it through officers with full warranted powers, hence this announcement.”