Yarm High Street
Yarm Library is set to house weekly police beat surgeries with neighbourhood officers ahead of the closure of Yarm Police Office on 30th May.
The first weekly surgery will take place on Tuesday 27th May from 2pm to 3pm and police are also looking at other areas to house further surgeries based on demand.
Residents can also continue to report crime and discuss neighbourhood priorities in a number of ways; in person with officers out on the street, via the non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency, or at community groups and Residents’ Association meetings.
Social media sites have also been launched by neighbourhood officers to keep internet savvy web users informed and engaged.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger announced the decision to close the office, following a recommendation from the Force.
A footfall survey revealed that more people used the office to ask for travel directions rather than to report crime. The closure will save almost £19,000 per year in running costs and lease.
Barry Coppinger and Integrated Neighbourhood Team Inspector Darren Birkett attended a meeting of Yarm town council last night to explain the alternative service provision and reiterate the commitment to Yarm.
Barry Coppinger said: "I understand the significance of closing Yarm Police Office, it’s been a difficult decision, but one based on the unquestionable research that the building wasn’t being used as it should.
"I have given a firm commitment to maintaining and developing neighbourhood policing, which starts with engagement between officers and communities on the streets. Residents can be reassured that they will still see their local policing teams and can still speak with them face-to-face to report crimes or concerns and the new beat surgery is testament to this.
"The policing environment is ever-changing and difficult decisions have to be made, but my choice will always be to invest in our people rather than buildings."
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "Our neighbourhood officers engage with people out on the streets, gathering intelligence and getting to the heart of local communities.
"It’s important to remember that Yarm officers don’t patrol from Yarm Police Office, they start and finish their shift from Thornaby. They will continue to be visible and accessible as they always have been that’s why I can assure residents and businesses that policing levels in Yarm won’t change.
"Neighbourhood policing remains at the cornerstone of everything we do, but there are honest conversations to be had about how we move forward efficiently whilst providing the best service we can."
Updates from Yarm neighbourhood officers can be seen on the @thornabypolice Twitter page and Thornaby NPT Facebook page.
Posted on Wednesday 14th May 2014