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Top cop meets shoppers to discuss crime issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

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SHOPPERS had the chance to raise their concerns about crime during a face-to-face meeting with Burton’s top cop.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey hosted a meet and greet in the town’s Coopers Square shopping centre.

The event was part of a two-week initiative from senior leadership at Burton Police Station to build bridges with the East Staffordshire community.

Chief Insp Maskrey said the meeting yielded good results for the force in Burton, with only minor issues being raised.

He said: “The pleasant news is that most people are very happy to live in the area.

“There are a few issues which we hope to sort out, like street cleaning and minor drug dealing.

“But other than those issues, it is a pretty good picture.

“We were there for two hours, but it was non-stop because we were so busy fort that time.

“The people we spoke to were very nice and had given up their time to come and talk to us.”

The police team also included Inspector Rob Neeson, PCs and PCSOs based in Burton.

The initiative forms part of the East Staffordshire Policing Team’s community plan.

This identifies priorities for officers across the district, which the force will then tackle with the help of its partner agencies.

Chief Insp Maskrey said: “It has all been part and parcel of our community plan and doing what matters most to our communities.

“So we asked about what type of issues they would like to speak about face-to-face with the commander who makes the decisions.”

The force will now get together with its partners is a series of weekly meetings at Burton Police Station.

These include East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, social services and the social housing association Trent & Dove Housing.

Insp Maskrey added: “We have our partnership meetings at the station where our partner agencies come together, and that’s where all of these issues will be discussed.”

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