AS your readers and my constituents in Rother Valley know, I have been calling for an increased police presence in our towns and villages, including the reopening of a police station in Dinnington.
I have again raised this issue in Parliament this week. In responding, Kit Malthouse, the Minister of State for Policing, not only reinforced my point that with police numbers expanding all police forces should be reviewing their property strategy, but also confirming that the decision to open a station in Dinnington is for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable to make.
Let us be very clear about the role of a PCC, they are responsible for the totality of the policing in the area they represent. PCCs are elected to be the voice of the people and to set the police and crime objectives for the area. As such, the PCC must listen to the residents and parish councils across Rother Valley and put more resources into tackling anti-social behaviour and crime in our small towns and villages.
The Government is providing the funding and resources to the police; these must now be fairly allocated to build confidence and increase police visibility across all our communities.
Alexander Stafford, Member of Parliament for Rother Valley