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Town set to get five new officers

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 2nd May 2002.

Five more police officers will be arriving in Haverhill this summer and bringing with them a new style of policing for the town.

The officers will be provided under the Suffolk Right programme, where the Suffolk Police Authority has agreed to a 22 per cent increase in Council Tax to pay for 195 more police officers across the county.

At Haverhill the cash will pay for a patrol sergeant and three extra patrol officers, as well as a new community police officer for the Cangle ward.

Ispector Mike Bacon, Haverhill’s sector commander, said the extra officers would enable community officers to spend more time on their dedicated beats.

He said: “It is very good news for Haverhill as it will increase our visibility with more officers on the beat, which is what people tell us they want to see. With the new officers we will be changing our style of policing in Haverhill.

“It is recognised the community police officers are very valuable and the new sergeant and patrol officers will be supporting them.

“The community officer will have a team working behind him, which will hopefully increase visibility and the reassurance factor.”

Inspector Bacon also warned that a clampdown on drivers abusing Haverhill’s pedestrianisation scheme would be taking place shortly. He appealed to people’s sense of duty to comply with the rules and said they would face prosecution if they did not.

Haverhill Weekly News

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