Message from the Rother Commander about our Neighbourhood Policing Teams

I am delighted to finally have the opportunity to update you with our plans to develop neighbourhood policing in Rother District. To this end, I am extremely grateful to Councillor Eric Armstrong, Chair of the Rother Safer Partnership, who spent yesterday afternoon interviewing prospective candidates for the role of Neighbourhood Specialist Constable for Bexhill Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT). The selection procedure for this post has yielded the final piece of the jigsaw for the new neighbourhood policing structure in Rother. Neighbourhood policing in Rother will undoubtedly go from strength to strength.

East Sussex Division’s status as a Pathfinder Neighbourhood Policing Basic Command Unit (BCU) demonstrates how the reform of the police service is having a positive impact on policing at a local level. As one of the five Districts that comprise the Division, Rother is now subject to a series of assessments conducted by the ACPO Neighbourhood Policing Team. The aim is to have a dedicated neighbourhood policing team in every area of the country by 2008. The assessments will ensure that neighbourhood policing in Sussex is consistent with national guidelines.

Principles

The principles surrounding neighbourhood policing are:-

What will this mean to local communities?

How will we deliver this in Rother?

Dedicated Resources With Geographical Ownership

In order to dedicate PCSOs to specific communities, I have utilised the 20 wards that comprise Rother. This structure enables me to dedicate a PCSO to each of these communities as a named point of contact. The provision of additional PCSOs in the future will enable me to split wards into even smaller communities.

I recognise that there will be a need for PCSOs to work together from time to time. As such, I have split rural Rother into four separate areas and thus created two clusters of wards in each of our two Neighbourhood Policing areas. This is a similar arrangement to the one I introduced as part of Operation Unite. PCSOs will be able to work across each cluster of wards when the need arises. This system will assist NPT sergeants with their supervisory responsibilities and they too will have ownership of one of these four areas.

Contact details BATTLE (SR2)

NPT Ward Ticehurst & Etchingham
PCSO Tom McAspurn - Email thomas.mcaspurn@sussex.pnn.police.uk
NPT Sergeant Damen Funnell - Email: damen.funnell@sussex.pnn.police.uk Tel: 01323 414024

Neighbourhood Specialists: Three Neighbourhood Specialist Constables (NSC) have been selected to coordinate the work of PCSOs and provide a dedicated and identifiable resource for local communities. Each of our three NSCs will have geographic responsibility for an NPT area and they will be protected from abstractions away from their neighbourhood area. The NSCs will receive additional training on issues such as public engagement and problem solving. NSCs will also work a flexible shift pattern to ensure that they are in a position to respond to community needs.

It is important to emphasise that our NSCs are additional resources and they represent an increase in the District's establishment. The details of our new NSCs along with their respective NPT geographical areas are listed below:-

BATTLE (SR2)
PC Jayne Cleverley - Email jayne.cleverley@sussex.pnn.police.uk

School Liaison Officers: Rother District’s Pathfinder structure has also been boosted by the arrival of two School Liaison Officers (SLO). Both SLOs are additional resources and once again represent an addition to the District’s current establishment. The details of each of our SLOs are set out below:-

BATTLE (SR2) and RYE (SR3)
PC Shaun Taberer - Email shaun.taberer@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Joint Tasking Arrangements

Joint Tasking Groups have been described as the operational arm of the CDRP and they are expected to retain an oversight of the activity of community engagement groups. Although Rother has not yet established a Joint Tasking Group, I am hopeful that this will happen soon.

Having now had the honour of being Rother’s District Commander for almost two and half years, I am reassured that we have the opportunity to improve on our past successes and learn from experience. Additional resources and innovative changes to the business of neighbourhood policing will ensure that we offer local communities the policing service they deserve. The challenge is not just to make communities safe, but to make them feel safe.

Chief Inspector Rob Carden    Rother District Commander