More police officers for Pocklington
We are delighted to announce that the market town of Pocklington will now be supported by a further 12 police officers.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman said, “Over the last two and half years the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Keith Hunter and I have overseen the reintroduction of local policing and the largest single recruitment campaign in the history of Humberside Police.
“During this time, I have significantly increased policing resources in the East Riding, returning patrol officers to bases in Beverley, Hedon, Hornsea and Withernsea, as well as adding officers, detectives and intelligence staff in Goole and Bridlington.
“Pocklington has always been in the forefront of our thoughts and the announcement today follows a huge amount of work between us and the PCC.
“Pocklington is a developing and growing town and therefore, I am pleased to be able to report that we have listened to the people of Pocklington and the police station is no longer going to be sold.
“To bolster the existing Police Community Support Officers and Community Beat Manager, PC John Day, we will be posting 12 additional police officers to the station in the coming months to provide a 24/7 presence for the town and its residents.
“This is real growth in policing, not only for Pocklington but also for East Riding, and I hope it will provide further evidence of our commitment to not just considering areas of high demand, but also the importance of a visible policing presence and the unique challenges of policing a rural area.
“With the financial support of Keith Hunter, Humberside Police now has over 1950 police officers with plans to hopefully reach approximately 2150 in the next two years.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said, “I have always maintained that neighbourhood officers are the bedrock of policing and throughout my time in office I have encouraged the force to strengthen the number of police officers and staff in areas which have for too long felt neglected.
“I have responsibility for police buildings and due to the Chief Constable’s decision to increase the number of officers in Pocklington I was delighted to be able to reverse a proposal made some time ago to sell the police station. I will continue to work on behalf of residents to ensure this progresses across the force area as our hard work and planning over the last four years continues to benefit the communities we serve.”
Chief Constable Lee Freeman added, “The uplift in police officers has already seen a positive impact not only on the local communities of the force area but also for their police colleagues who have been working under so much pressure to continue to deliver the standards of service both the community and I expect.”
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Posted on Friday 21st February 2020