Ipswich: New police team launched to combat crime

Police are today increasing their high visibility patrols in a bid to reduce the fear of crime for people in Ipswich.

The new team, the Town Safe Team will tackle local issues which have been raised by residents which includes anti-social behaviour, street drinking and shoplifting.

The team will provide high visibility patrols and they will work alongside partner agencies to ensure that those committing offences are dealt with.

Temporary Chief Inspector, Andrew Mason, said: “The aim of the officers within the Town Safe team will be to target and prevent crime in the town centre which is causing the most concern to local people and businesses.

“We already have a successful ‘Night-time economy team’ working with licensed premises, pubs and clubs in the town to ensure people enjoy a safe night out when they visit Ipswich, the Town Safe team will be concentrating on matters that more often occur during the day time.”

The Town Safe officers will begin their patrols from December 1 for an initial six-month period. After six months an assessment will be made to see if crime levels, and fears of crime, have been reduced.