Area Commanders Update

I hope you are all well,  I want to take the opportunity to update you on a few important issues.

​Firstly-  I am organising a spring community safety day on Saturday March 18th, 09:30- 12:30 at South Cambs District Council.  This will be an opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators, Parish Councils or just concerned local residents to come and receive practical help and advice on a range of community safety issues- including:

  • Speeding, parking and how to set up a Speed Watch Group.
  • Neighbourhood Watch:  how to run a successful scheme.
  • Making best use of social media
  • Protecting yourself and the vulnerable from scams, frauds and cyber crime.

​The day will consist of workshops and information sessions on the above areas and it will be a great opportunity for you to meet senior officers from your local police, members of the community safety partnership, Neighbourhood Watch and County Council.  Refreshments will be provided and most importantly – attendance is completely free.

​I sincerely hope that every village and NHW scheme will be able to send a delegate.  To reserve your place simply email me directly with your details:

​Secondly,  I’m aware from the email that I receive and from Neighbourhood Panel meetings that parking is a constant concern in many villages.  Many of you will also know that I can’t prioritise parking patrols over investigating crime, preventing crime and responding to calls for service.  This means that we don’t do as much parking enforcement as many of you would like.

​I’ve been giving some considerable thought on how we can meet your expectations on parking enforcement.  I’ve decided that we are going to try something new.   I have set up an online web-page were you can report concerns about parking.  The information that you give us will go directly to me and will help me build up a picture of the exact hot-spots for parking issues.  I will then use this information on targeted ‘crack-down’ days.  There is some good evidence that crackdown days work in other areas of policing so we are going to try it for parking.  For obvious reasons I won’t be publicising the dates of the crackdowns in advance but I will update you by e-cops, twitter and face-book once we have completed a crackdown day and what we found.

​The web page is live right now and you can find it here:

​I’m not pretending that this will solve all parking problems, however I do think that it strikes the right balance between dealing with parking concerns and the other important work that we do.

​(Note to village newsletter editors:  please feel free to publicise the above web-link in your publication or village web pages. )

​Finally, next week is our spring round of Neighbourhood Panels.  The dates are:

Cambourne Sector –  Panel Meeting –  to be held on 21/2/1017 at  7.30 p.m.  at the Common Room,  Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6EF 

Histon Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 22/2/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at Orchard park community centre, Central Ave, Cambridge CB4 2EZ

Sawston Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 23/2/1017 at 7.30 p.m. at Sawston Village College, Room G5, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BP

If you are unable to attend in person you can watch it live on the web. Just follow us on twitter @southcambscops. Just before the meeting starts we will post a link on our twitter feed. Click on this link and it will take you straight through to the live-stream of the meeting.

​That’s all from me-  thank you for reading and have a good weekend

Chief Inspector James Sutherland
​Area Commander- South Cambs