Changes to neighbourhood policing areas will ensure officers on street seven days a week

From the Slough Observer:

A MERGING of neighbourhood policing areas will ‘improve the resilience’ of the force – ensuring officers are on the streets seven days a week.

The Thames Valley Police neighbourhood boundary project was started at the beginning of the month and will see neighbourhood policing boundaries changed, with some neighbourhoods merging.

Police chiefs have spoken out to reassure residents that areas will be policed by the same number of officers and police community support officers (PCSOs).

Chief Inspector Geoff Robinson said: “The changes to the size of the neighbourhoods and the shift patterns of neighbourhood officers will improve the resilience of the force and ensure neighbourhoods are resourced by neighbourhood officers at core times, seven days a week.”

He added a process to change ‘a number of’ systems is underway, including changing the systems which distribute jobs to officers. An ongoing phase to change reporting systems is expected to be completed during the coming weeks.

Changes in the towns will include merging Britwell and Haymill and joining the Inner Windsor and Eton and Eton Wick areas.

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