New crime-fighting team unveiled

A NEW community policing team is on the beat in south west Ipswich today.A dedicated group of police officers and community support officers now has responsibility for policing the Stoke Park, Sprites, Bridge and Gipping wards.

A NEW community policing team is on the beat in south west Ipswich today.

A dedicated group of police officers and community support officers now has responsibility for policing the Stoke Park, Sprites, Bridge and Gipping wards.

They will work in partnership with staff from Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and other agencies in a bid to reduce crime and improve quality of life for residents.

Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, inspector for west Ipswich, said: “What is important is the concept of having people out and about on patrol.


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“This team is intended to provide a greater visible presence in the four wards as a deterrent and also as a reassurance to the people living and working in the area.”

The launch of the team follows the success of community policing in the south east of Ipswich and builds on the strengths of the Partnership Priority Area (PPA) run in Old Stoke earlier in the year.

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The PPA, funded by the Home Office, emphasised the necessity of police working with partners to improve the area both visually and in terms of safety.

From January the south west team will have a base in the Chantry area and will be using a vehicle, donated by Turners Hyundai garage, to patrol the area.

There will also be increased foot patrols.

Paul West, Ipswich Borough Council's communities spokesman, said: “We are determined to make this successful by working closely with the police and our other partners at a local level.”

Panel

The South West Ipswich Neighbourhood Team

Sergeant Caroline Brinkley

Bridge ward:

Community Police Officer - Pc Domenic Mann

Police Community Support Officer - PCSO Jade Palmer

Gipping ward:

Community Police Officer - Pc Nicky Sudds

Police Community Support Officer - PCSO Nick Askham

Sprites ward:

Community Police Officer - Pc Toni Manning

Police Community Support Officer - PCSO Jeremy Dyde

Stoke Park ward:

Community Police Officer - (from January) Pc Pete Gill

Police Community Support Officer - PCSO Louise Manning

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