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Town policing team moves to school cut-price offices

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 29, 2012

Pictured at the old police station in Camelford this week as they were about to move to new premises are present day staff and some staff who have worked in the station over the years. From left, SC Lynn Crockford, Camelford; DC Jane Stephens, Police Protection, Bodmin; Julian Mutton, retired; Vicki Parkinson, inquiry officer, Launceston; PCSO Terry Groves, Camelford; PC Andrew Corrie, Neighbourhood Beat Officer, Bodmin; PC Colin Gameson, diversity officer, Bodmin; PC Peter Bluett, Launceston and Bodmin and PC Laurie O'Toole, Neighbourhood Beat Manager and PCSO Sam Smith, Camelford.

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CAMELFORD'S neighbourhood policing team transferred from the town's police station to an office in Camelford Community School in Dark Lane on Monday.

The announcement comes as Devon and Cornwall Police are faced with having to make savings of £44 million over the next four years as part of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review.

At present, the annual running costs for Camelford Police Station are £11,000, whereas it is anticipated that the new office will cost £4,000 a year. The Force will recoup the revenue from the sale of the police station building and land to the rear.

Announcing the move, Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh said: "I would like to stress that this isn't the case of the police reducing our service to the people of Camelford, but is purely a logistical move. Our neighbourhood and response teams will be available just as before.

"I'm sure that the public will understand the pressures we are under to save money and we have been forced to make tough decisions to make sure that frontline services are not affected.

"The successful local Neighbourhood Watch office will also make the move and we hope to forge closer relationships with the Police Cadets who are based at the school.

"We are very grateful to the school for their help and also to the town council."

The Station Inquiry Office at Camelford was closed last May as part of a Forcewide review which showed that almost 90 per cent of crime is now reported over the telephone.

The new office will not have an enquiry office facility but there are a variety of ways the public can contact the police.

These include via online, at public meetings, by calling 999 or the new non-emergency number which is 101.

The public can arrange to meet with an officer face-to-face at a time and date that is convenient.

Residents can find out more by going to http://neighbourhoodpolicing.devon-cornwall. police.uk.

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