POLICE response times in the district have been stepped up and residents are also seeing more officers on the streets.
It follows a three month pilot programme which saw changes to the force’s working arrangements, which included officers being deployed from Stratford and Alcester – which are now being made permanent.
Warwickshire Police Ch Con Martin Jelley said: “The pilot was successful in many ways and making this arrangement permanent means that we now have 23 response officers deploying from our Stratford and Alcester stations.
“This is a really positive development for the communities of south Warwickshire and I’m delighted to see a whole range of benefits for our communities and our staff.
“Visible policing is important for building trust and confidence, as is our ability to respond to calls from the public as quickly as possible. This is a really important step forward in how we seek to protect communities from harm”.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe also welcomed the changes.
He said: “This will address some of the key concerns that have been raised with me by local communities in south Warwickshire, which I have in turn discussed with the chief constable over the past few months.
“As a predominantly rural area with the iconic town of Stratford at its heart, south Warwickshire has a variety of policing demands, so the extra capacity this brings for officers to be locally-based is a significant development.
“The results of the recent trial demonstrated that there were clear benefits of faster response times to incidents, a positive effect on staff wellbeing and, perhaps most importantly, improved visibility within local communities.
“It’s very positive that these changes are now to be made permanent and demonstrates how the force is willing to listen constructively and adapt to public feedback.”