Sgt Helen Boyd addressed rumours about the future of local policing when she addressed the town council recently. Wellington Police Station was not closing and would continue to be a base as it was now, Sgt Boyd said.
The shifts and opening hours may change but the focus was on the public and being there at the right time with the right people. It was anticipated that this would strengthen the local police service rather than weaken it.
Following reports of a planned reduction in the number of Avon & Somerset police officers together with a proposed rationalisation of police stations Sgt Boyd provided details of the new operating model. From this she was able to say that PCSO’s and beat managers were all safe in their roles as were frontline officers – there would be cuts from every rank but a lot of this would be as a result of natural waste, retirements, illnesses etc.
Councillors heard about various initiatives that Wellington’s police officers were working on in and around the town; including new bikes for more visible patrols in the community and, work at Cades Farm which involved; Dreamscheme, Child focused Event Days, Mobile Beat Surgery and letter drops.