Created: 01 December 2017
Last Friday, Andrew met with Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter, for an update on a number of local policing issues.
Andrew reports,"I had a very useful meeting recently with Keith Hunter, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, to discuss local policing issues. We discussed a number of topics: the return of incident response police to stations such as Epworth and Brigg, the recruitment of more police officers and PCSOs, and the commitment of resources over a larger geographical area.
"The force is now recruiting more police officers and PCSO numbers have also gone up year on year. Since Keith took up the role, over 100 additional officers have been recruited already, with another 200 to follow within the next year.
"I also had the chance to discuss the roll out of new call centre software which gives you the opportunity to request a call back for non-emergency calls during times the call centre is busy. Moreover, progress is being made on increasing the skills of call centre teams and more civilian operators are being recruited, which frees up experienced officers to be available for active duty.
"We also discussed the National Police Air Service (NPAS), which provides centralised air support to the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales. Our area is serviced from Wakefield by West Yorkshire Police Despatch & Flight Monitoring Centre (D&FMC). I discussed with Keith the alternate options to scrambling a helicopter including the possibility of using drones where suitable."