THE new face of policing in Ellesmere Port is asking for the community’s help in tackling the issues closest to its heart.
Inspector Peter Case, who took over from his predecessor Richard Rees three weeks ago, is determined that the agenda for policing in the town should be set by what day-to-day crime affects it’s citizens the most.
Inspector Case, whose 17-year career has involved investigating all areas of serious crime, said: “My job is to make sure that we listen to the community.
“To identify the problems with them and do something about it and to make sure my officers know what’s expected of them and what their community wants.”
He claims that this clearer accountability is at the heart of a new initiative called Beat Management that will see officers work alongside police community support officers (PCSO) in specially-assigned ‘areas’ of the town.
“So they will then be responsible for getting to know the community, getting intelligence, knowing who the criminals are, being aware of any drug activity and then feeding that intelligence back to and then us acting upon that,” said Inspector Case, 46.
He hopes one way of creating this new era of co-operation is for members of the public to share their concerns on the force’s website and attend police pledge meetings held in the town.
He said: “For example, if we had youths congregating outside ASDA between six and 10pm, we will put that on the website and we’ll tell them what we are going to do, and then what we did about it.
“So it’s not a case of the police going away and saying ‘oh yes, we’ve heard what you’ve got to say’. We are more accountable – that’s part of the policing pledge.”
For now, Inspector Case is clear where his priorities lie.
He added: “What I want, and what Cheshire police want, is the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston to be safe and feel safe in their own homes and when they are outside to be safe and feel safe.
“When I’m outside that’s how I want to feel and I’m a member of the community, although I’m a police officer.
“I want the community to feel safe and the criminals to feel vulnerable. And they will because I’ll be targeting anyone involved in drugs and criminality – that’s my job, to target those people.”