Police pledge shake-up will not affect cover in Rutland

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Police have reassured people that a shake-up of policing in Rutland will be a positive move for the county and will not affect services.

Response officers who attend 999 calls will be shared between Rutland and Melton, as their numbers are reduced in the force.

The teams will report to a hub in Melton rather than Oakham but will be deployed to incidents as normal.

Some officers will join new Safer Neighbourhood Teams and work more hours on their beats from Thursday to Saturday.

The move is part of cost-cutting measures that will take effect on January 8, as Leicestershire Police looks to save £16.7m before 2015/16.

Insp Kam Mistry, commander of Rutland Local Policing Unit, said: “The good news for Rutland is that there will be more neighbourhood officers policing the county.

“The Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be led by a beacon officer all of whom are experienced local officers who are already known by many people in the county.

“This internal restructure of our staff is based on scientific data which has mapped the peaks and troughs of our demand and identified hotspot locations. This has been done to ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time.

“While response officers will be shared between Melton and Rutland there will still be some response officers based in Rutland. In an emergency, the officers nearest the incident would be sent regardless of where they work or what their role is.”

There will be four teams across the county – Oakham Town and Barleythorpe, Uppingham, Rutland North and Rutland South.

Each team will have a beacon officer, who will be the named point of contact for their community, a sergeant, PCs and PCSOs.

The beacon officer for Oakham Town and Barleythorpe is PC Joe Lloyd, Uppingham is PC Peter Icke, Rutland North is PC Laurie Appleton and for Rutland South is PC Paul Le Pla.

Sergeants for the teams have not yet been named.

It has been confirmed there is no threat to Oakham’s police station.

To find out more contact Insp Mistry on 101.