POLICE SERVICE STANDARDS It's clear that Hampshire Constabulary are puttin…

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POLICE SERVICE STANDARDS

It's clear that Hampshire Constabulary are putting in a real effort to engage with and reassure the local community about crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

I have often listened to updates from police officers that attend Marchwood Parish Council. I listened to a report from three officers that attended Hythe & Dibden Parish Council this week. It seems they have now agreed to start regularly attending meetings of Totton & Eling Town Council.

Clearly, a balance has to be struck between allowing them to get on with the job and providing reassurance and information. I think it reasonable that at least one officer reports to the council for half an hour once every couple of months and answers questions.

I didn't know, for example, that the police no longer attend all burglaries. Apparently, they copy what happens in the NHS… they triage calls in order to determine whether there is likely to be anything useful to be gained by a personal visit, such as CCTV, drops of blood etc. If there is no prospect of gathering any evidence, they probably won't appear.

I don't agree with this approach. I think anyone who has had a home or business broken into should be entitled to expect a visit… for me, policing should always involve a minimum standard.

Of course, it's not the fault of the police that they are forced into making such tough choices. The blame rests with the government that has allowed police officer numbers to drop by 21,000 and is only now proposing to build up to a number near to that again.

A lot of crime is drug related. Again, government policy has completely failed to deal with this. Criminals are in charge of an unregulated drug supply industry worth about £1.5 billion, with massive social consequences.

When ordering drugs is little different from ordering a pizza it is time to review failings of government policy, not blame our hard working, over-stretched, police force as our latest Home Secretary is inclined to do. She will be sacked very soon anyway.

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