MORE officers will be on the beat in North West Leicestershire after a new policing plan for the area was announced.
Leicestershire Police has adopted a new neighbourhood policing model to make sure more police officers are dealing with ‘local issues and concerns’.
Four years of incident and crime data has been analysed along with other research to forge an ‘accurate picture of demand and crime trends’ for areas including Ashby, Measham and Moira.
This has allowed the force to ensure it has the right officers in the right place at the right time.
Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan said; “A great deal of hard work has gone into this review and we are confident that by realigning our staff in this way we will be better able to match demand.
“This isn’t about cutting costs it’s about delivering the best possible service but with tight financial conditions we are rightly looking at how we can work in the most efficient way.
“Our duty is to protect communities and that is at the heart of everything we do and have been doing.
“The newly expanded teams will take on greater responsibility for crimes and issues on their neighbourhood while response officers will have more time to proactively patrol and respond to calls for assistance.
“Technology such as GPS tracking and mobile computing now enables us to intelligently deploy our people to make sure we use the nearest, best resource.
“If we are to meet the ever changing needs of a modern society the police service needs to adapt.
“Modern technology also enables our officers to patrol their neighbourhoods for longer without the need to return to their station.
“This keeps local officers in the heart of their communities working alongside residents and other organisations to tackle issues together.”
More information is available by visiting www.leics.police.uk