A SERIES of changes in staffing have left police in a state of flux in Chester suburbs.
Sgt Brian Green is getting to grips with Blacon, which recorded more than 720 anti-social behaviour incidents in the six months before August.
But his settling-in period follows Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit’s Insp Sarah Pengelli moving on after just five months.
Before her, Insp Jane Ingram held the post for five months before falling sick. A third inspector, Ian Thorp, takes over later this month.
He admitted: ‘I realise that to be successful in policing a community you must connect with the residents and business people. I’m very keen to ensure that we develop good lines of communication with residents and that they feel confident in sharing information with us.’
But this, police agree, is difficult with constant change.
Blacon residents are frustrated at the lack of continuity especially since elsewhere there appears to be greater stability.
For example, the Western Rural Area inspector Phil Hodgson has been in post since the force was restructured in 2005.
Also, Sgt David Barter, a former dedicated Blacon sergeant, has been kept in Handbridge since 2005. And Sgt Andy Pickup has also run city centre NPU for two years.
The city’s estates have also seen Det Sgt Andy Marshall move on this month after holding down the post from April 2005 to August 2007.
He has chalked up notable success in tackling drug dealing on the estates and will be replaced by Sgt Stephen Birkett from Northern Area later this month.
But Blacon police point out that dedicated Police Community Support Officers have continued to maintain good contacts handing out leaflets and holding face-to-face chats during foot patrols.