Police hail e-mail scheme a success

MORE than 1,000 residents in Huntingdonshire and Fenland have signed up to an e-mail system which lets the public know about crime in their area. Launched in April by Cambridgeshire police, E-cops allows officers to send e-mails directly to the community

MORE than 1,000 residents in Huntingdonshire and Fenland have signed up to an e-mail system which lets the public know about crime in their area.

Launched in April by Cambridgeshire police, E-cops allows officers to send e-mails directly to the community to keep residents informed about criminal activity

It also allows the public to use e-mail to report anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.

Chief Supt Mick Gipp, divisional commander, said: "Those who have signed up to the scheme are receiving the latest crime information relating to their area and communicating with their local officers.


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"We hope that, by introducing this scheme, we will be able to forge closer relationships with the community and work with them in determining and implementing solutions to local problems."

The E-cops system had a success in St Ives when a resident e-mailed police to alert officers that a group of youths were behaving anti-socially. PCSOs were sent to investigate and a 16-year-old boy was given a verbal warning for possession of cannabis.

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Chief Supt Gipp said: "E-cops is a useful way for the community to alert officers to any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood or concerns about criminal activity."

INFORMATION: Residents and businesses interested in the scheme can sign up by visiting www.cambs.police.uk and clicking on the E-cops link.

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