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Neighbourhood Policing in St Ives and Hayle

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will host a public meeting in St Ives next week at which she has invited senior police officers to explain planned changes to local policing arrangements in the St Ives and Hayle area, including the redeployment of Sergeant Mike Friday.

Neighbourhood Policing in St Ives and Hayle

The meeting will be held at St Ives Town Hall at 11am on Thursday 1 September.

Ms Hernandez has called the meeting in response to public support for Sergeant Friday which has been evident from social media and correspondence received by her office.

“The decision to reassign Sergeant Friday is a purely operational move from two sector sergeants in Penzance sector to a single sergeant,” said Ms Hernandez.

“The chief constable and his senior command team are responsible for making decisions regarding the deployment of officers, not the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“However, I do recognise the impact that changes like this can have on the public’s perception of policing and on how connected they feel to the police and I do understand that many people living in Hayle and St Ives are concerned about these changes.

“So I am calling a public meeting in St Ives next Thursday to allow members of the public and local councillors to voice their concerns directly to me and to senior police officers within Devon and Cornwall Police and for those senior officers to explain the decision.”

In her role as Police and Crime Commissioner Ms Hernandez provides the funding and the strategic direction for the force but is not responsible for operational decision making.

“In general, the funding position has been protected for the next four years with some small reductions in the national government grant,” she said.

“I expect that my police and crime plan, which is currently out to consultation, will focus on the continued importance of local policing although there are always a range of new and emerging priorities that must also be balanced such as the online exploitation of children.

“I am fully committed to improving the links between the police and the community, this will be a core feature in my plan for the next four years and that is why I feel this meeting is important.

“Visible local policing, including the work of the dedicated network of police officers and PCSOs working in neighbourhoods across the two counties, is most definitely a part of that connection.

“I want to work with local communities over the coming months to make improvements locally – recognising that what is right for one location may not work in another.

“I am currently consulting on my policing plan for the next four years – and people can get involved in that consultation through the OPCC website.”

*PLEASE NOTE: The OPCC consultation event planned to take place at Tesco Penzance on 1 September will not now go ahead.