Soham town councillors claim police 'failing' town residents
Angry town councillors have said the police are ‘failing’ Soham and called on the crime commissioner to show where public money is being spent.
On Monday, Soham Town Council agreed to pen a letter to Jason Abelwhite, Cambridgeshire’s police and crime commissioner, highlighting concerns at the ‘lack of police presence’ in the town.
And councillors claimed because the town is classified as a ‘low crime area’ when more serious crimes do happen, like a recently reported knifeman on the recreation ground and drug dealings in the town centre, there is an ‘ineffective and inefficient response resulting in the police failing to protect its inhabitants’.
The letter demands the crime commissioner shows where money paid by residents for the police precept – which is set to rise by 12 per cent in April – is being spent.
Mr Abelwhite told the Journal: “Demand for policing services remains high, with the resources we have we must focus on those issues that cause the most harm to people living within our communities.
“The decisions the chief constable and his colleagues from across the country make are not easy ones
“Whilst the constabulary works tirelessly to respond to calls, they do have to focus on those issues that cause the most harm to people.”