Over the years policing has changed a great deal. While solving crime and bringing perpetrators to justice is still the police’s main focus, part of the work now done by the service is aimed at prevention and helping people to help themselves.
However, while times may have changed, there is still no doubt that we all find a visible police presence reassuring.
We are lucky to have our own Bourne and Billingborough Neighbourhood Policing Team, which is made up of a Police Officer and Police Community Support Officers or PCSOs.
The team is there to listen to your concerns and act on the issues that matter the most to you.
This can be seen by the way the team plays a vital role with the Bourne and Billingborough Police Panel.
It’s made up of residents from the area who are able to talk to their members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team and raise any relevant issues they may have.
Each quarter the panel asks the police to concentrate on specific priorities for the next three months.
At present, the first priority is to maintain the “Be Bright, Be Seen” information campaign on pedestrian and cyclist visibility after dark, focusing on reflective and high-visibility accessories, and lights on bicycles.
The second current priority is to use co-ordinated and multi-agency measures to find solutions to inappropriate and unsafe parking around schools. This includes providing a more visible, targeted police presence to educate motorists about new PCSO powers with respect to this issue.
Representatives from the team also play an active role working alongside members of the community with the Bourne and District Neighbourhood Watch.
While most of us understand the role of traditional police officers, PCSOs are a relatively new addition to the service and they form a major part of the team.
PCSOs are very high profile in our area, being well known and well respected by local residents.
What impresses me the most is that a huge amount of their work prevents crime and anti-social behaviour. The early intervention of PCSOs can often deter people from committing offences, and certainly stops minor problems getting worse.
If you are online and would like to find out more about the breadth of issues that the team gets involved with, then take a moment to have a look at their website www.police.uk/lincolnshire/NC45/ or their Twitter feed at twitter.com/BourneBboroNPT