Liberal Democrat councillors in Torquay have welcomed the news that organisational changes in the Devon and Cornwall constabulary will mean more resources for policing are available to Torbay.
The scheduled changes were described by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer at a meeting of Torbay Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Board on Monday morning.
A Liberal Democrat councillor for the Tormohun ward in Torquay, Nick Pentney, quizzed the pair over what provisions were in place to increase the visual police presence in Torquay town. He said: “I’m really pleased to hear about the changes that are coming. But we must remain vigilant to ensure that the changes translate into more bobbies on the beat.I was also glad to hear that the police will be refreshing Operation Roxbury – the name given to Torbay police efforts to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.”
The leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, Steve Darling, added: “Cuts to the numbers of PCSOs have been little short of devastating for our town. We need them back if we are going to have community policing in Torquay.”
The changes come about after calls from the Liberal Democrats for a restoration of PCSOs in the area, which has seen a sharp reduction in their numbers over the past 5 years.
A recent crime survey conducted by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that residents and local businesses believe that tackling anti-social behaviour and increasing the visual police presence should be the top policing priorities in Torquay.
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