Police Announce Cuts in Conisbrough
Coinciding With Residents Stating “They are fed up of crime.”
It was confirmed at the Conisbrough Partners and Community Together (PACT) meeting last Wednesday, that police officers will now only take a reactive role. Starting in September Police Community Support Officers will be the only visible Police on the streets.
Sgt Richard Vernon, of the Conisbrough Safer Neighbourhood Team, confirmed Police Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams are to operate ‘tasking teams’ which now cover merged South/West Areas of Doncaster and work shift patterns.Officers from Edlington Station will cover Conisbrough and when they are not on shift Conisbrough will be covered by Rossington.
One resident said: “ We are fed up with the crime and anti-social behaviour in Conisbrough. These ‘Tasking Teams’ will basically only do reactive policing or act on intelligence gathered by PSCO’s ‘beat managers’. Police Officers will do more reactive work than proactive, police officers will not be involved in Community Policing – they will not be involved in the walking and talking anymore. PCSO ‘s do not have warranted powers and can in some situations lack appropriate training.”
Sgt Vernon said over the past five weeks there had been 57 incidents of anti social behaviour in Conisbrough, with six in the priority areas of the Oval area and eight in the town centre. Crimes included five thefts in the town centre, eight motor vehicle offences, 10 burglaries from dwellings and five criminal damage cases.