ELLESMERE Port is a difficult place to police so the community needs to stand up and be counted in the fight against crime.
That’s the message from inspector Richard Rees as he reflected on the successes and struggles of policing the town over the last 12 months.
Only Crewe and Warrington have higher or similar levels of crime in the county, although the types of offences committed are not hugely different to other areas.
According to inspector Rees, building links with the community is key to combating crime in the town, which has been on the decline over the past two months.
He said: “It is a difficult place to police and to get people engaging with us. But we have made massive inroads with that.
“We have some of the best community officers in the county, who operate under difficult circumstances.
“Witnesses are nervous about becoming involved with the police. We understand that nervousness.
“But the point is unless people are willing to stand up and take responsibility if they’ve witnessed a crime and report it, we find it difficult to tackle the issue.”
Inspector Rees added: “A huge part of our work is to increase public confidence and deliver what they want in Ellesmere Port.
“The community support officers’ task is to know everything that is going on in their area.
“Our community surgeries are not overly well attended but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. The public should know we are available.”