Peterborough to be first in county with police outreach worker

Sir Graham Bright.
Sir Graham Bright.
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Thursday, 3pm: An “outreach worker” is to be appointed to Peterborough and the surrounding area to meet with communities on behalf of Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The north of Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough and Fenland, is to be the first part of the county to receive such a figure.

Speaking today (Thursday, December 20), PCC Sir Graham Bright said the outreach worker would meet with parish councils and voluntary organisations to pass on to him what policing issues were most pressing in their community.

Sir Graham said: “If you look at the county and the size of it it’s absolutely impossible for the commissioner to be in touch with everyone. One of the things I realised early on is if we really want to find out what’s going on we need to go to the parishes and some of the voluntary organisations.”

Recruitment for the role is to begin in the New Year with a person to place, it is hoped, by Spring.

An outreach officer would follow for the south of the county.

Chief constable of Cambridgeshire police Simon Parr welcomed the initiative, but said the public’s expectations would have to be managed.

He said: “You can’t please all the people all the time.”

He added: “We need to make sure as we move forward with what is a very good idea, we don’t over-promise what we can do, because we can’t do everything.”