Chief Inspector’s Update

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James Sutherland (Police, Chief Inspector, South Cambridgeshire)

Good Evening All,

I hope you are enjoying the start of the nice summer weather.  I wanted to update you on a few things that are happening locally with your police force.

Speeding is a constant concern in many of our villages.   While we have a very active and dedicated group of Special Constables who carry out speed enforcement for us at the roadside, I wanted to be able to do more.  I’m pleased to say that I have successfully bid for a small grant from the Road Safety Partnership to put on a ‘train the trainer’ course in the use of the speed-gun.  This training is now complete and it means that I can now have all my front-line officers trained in the use of the speed-gun.  Some of you may know that we have our own on-line request page speeding enforcement to take place at areas where you say it is a problem-  you can find this page at:

Last weekend was national Specials Weekend 2016.  In South Cambs because speeding is such a concern, this is what we focused on.  We carried out speeding enforcement in a dozen villages and were pleased to link up with some local speed watch groups. I was really pleased with the response we got from residents-  thanks to everyone who came outside to offer us tea! You’ll see more of this over the summer as we roll out the training to all our officers.

We are continuing our work on crime prevention – we now hold one community based event every month.  Uniquely, we also use the events as an opportunity to hold free ‘webinars’ –  you can watch live and ask questions or watch the webinar after the event.   We post a web link on our twitter feed @southcambscops just before the event begins-  tonight we are in Papworth and will be streaming live at about 6.30pm.  I will try to load the video up to our you-tube account for anyone who can’t watch live.

Don’t forget that our Bad-Wolf-Test is still live-  you can take 2 minutes to check the safety of your home from burglars- and help is on offer if you need it.   You can find it here:

The bad-wolf has been so successful (about 4500 homes have completed it) that we are rolling it out across the force and potentially further…

Finally, as some of you may know-  Sergeant Sandra Davidson retires this week. Sandra has served the people of Cambridgeshire for 32 years and has been based in South Cambs for the last five.  Sandra joined the force in 1984 making her one of the last serving police officers to remember ‘judges rules’ before the landmark Police and Criminal Evidence Act.  Sandra will be greatly missed but we wish her all the best and a long and happy retirement.  Hopefully some of you will meet her replacement; Sgt Rachel Ball at an event soon.

That’s all from me- next week is our round of neighbourhood panels so I hope to see many of you then: details on our blog for times/venues  (and we also stream these events live via twitter for anyone who cant make it.)

Best wishes

Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs

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