New police office set to help village

BUCKEN will soon have its own police office as the constabulary tries to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour. The office will be open twice a week at the community centre in Buckden, allowing villagers access to their local officers. The move

BUCKEN will soon have its own 'police office' as the constabulary tries to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

The office will be open twice a week at the community centre in Buckden, allowing villagers access to their local officers.

The move into Buckden was the idea of the new sector inspector for St Neots, Mark Woolner, who began his new role in October.

Insp Woolner said: "The purpose of the scheme is to increase residents' access to their local officers.

"This is part of ongoing work to improve communications with the public and give them the opportunity to discuss any issues they are facing and offer crime prevention advice."

Insp Woolner, who has been an officer for eight years and has also worked as a Pc, community sergeant, and custody sergeant added: "I am looking forward to meeting the local community and dealing with the issues facing them.

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"Officers from St Neots sector have been working hard to reduce crime in the area and my aim is to continue with this work, in particular to crack down on anti-social behaviour and maintain improved performance in bringing offenders to justice.

"The public has already been given the opportunity to have its say on the areas it would like police to focus on and I am determined that we get results during the next three months."

Insp Woolner and Sergeant Rachel Gourlay will attend the launch of the new Buckden police office on Tuesday (November 21) at 10am.

Officers will then be available at the centre weekly on Tuesdays between 10am and noon and Saturdays between 2 and 4pm.

Insp Woolner added that the new scheme would revolve around residents and their wishes, but to ensure it was a success the police would welcome feedback from people who used the service.

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