Crime is falling in Wellington reported Sgt Dan Bishop, in charge of the town’s policing since October 1, as he explained to the town council the new methods of patrolling being used. Officers and PCSOs are now patrolling on foot or by bike rather than in cars, and using laptops and phones to do much of the admin that used to be done in the station.
“In an hour’s walking around town you’ll speak to three or four people and that will provide information that you wouldn’t get driving past in a car,” said Sgt Bishop, who lived in Wellington for 10 years until 2016. “I know and understand Wellington and I very much look forward to delivering the community’s policing.”
Reported crimes in October fell to 46 in October, down from 76 in September.
“I don’t think our new approach has suddenly cut crime by 50% but it’s certainly had an impact,” he said. ”My officers now have 30 mins admin time in the station when they start a shift and then they are out on the streets., which is what people want to see.”
Councillors welcomed Sgt Bishop to his new post andCllr John Thorne said in reply: “ The drop-off in anti-social behaviour has been significant and hopefully it will continue to fall.”