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Extra PCSO promised for Kinver as part of new top cop's crime crackdown
5:16pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Local
KINVER is to get an extra PCSO as part of new police Inspector Geoff Knight’s drive to crack down on crime in the village.
Insp Knight, who took over a few weeks ago from Inspector Donna Gibbs to become the new Commander of South Staffordshire Local Policing Team, told Kinver Parish Council a new PCSO would be assigned to the village in the coming weeks as part of his efforts to improve policing and community relations in Kinver.
The news means Kinver will soon have two PCSOs pounding the streets - a figure higher than official data says the village needs - according to Insp Knight.
He told members of the parish council on Wednesday October 2 that, based on crime rates and other demographical statistics, Kinver only needs one PCSO.
But he said due to a change in the force’s strategic policing priorities, which now include more crime prevention work and a focus on what matters most to communities, the village could be afforded another community officer in addition to the formerly solitary PCSO.
He said: “It makes perfect sense to have two PCSOs here; that for me will solve all of the problems.”
On taking up his post Insp Knight promised to do his utmost to help resolve village issues such as anti-social behaviour by Kinver Sports and Community Association (KSCA) - after relations between Staffordshire Police and the parish council soured following the closure of Kinver Police Station.
The new inspector, who was formerly Cannock Deputy LPT Commander, is also keen to take up the parish council on its offer to rent out one of its rooms, complete with kitchen and toilet facilities, to roaming police officers so they have somewhere other than their ad-hoc Kinver Library base to stop off and meet members of the public.
He has also suggested radical plans to his superiors about introducing a high-tech 24-hour contact point in the parish council office so members of the public can talk directly to police in the control room.
Whether there will be enough money in the pot to implement all of his ideas remains to be seen but parish council chairman Julian Hall described Insp Knight’s approach as a “breath of fresh air” and said: “I think he’s going to do a very good job.
“He’s already been pro-active and wanted to help us.”
PCSO Lee Irving is expected to take up the new post next month.
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