Alan Billings turned up at the Salvation army building last night on Leicester rd Dinnington. The attendance from the Dinnington public was very good, because a 5 pm to 7 pm meeting, isn’t good for the majority of working people. I am sure that a much larger venue would have been required if the meeting had been set at 7 pm at night.
The positive from the meeting was that the Dinnington people, told Alan Billings as it was. He saw how upset people are with the current policing arrangements. As far as I am concerned Alan Billings fobbed us off with excuses and platitudes.
Modern police station
Alan Billings said that we would never get our police station back. He told of going back to more neighbourhood policing, but that this would take time. I don’t consider neighbourhood policing, to be police officers driving around in cars, that aren’t even based at a Dinnington police station. We need to see police officers on the beat in Dinnington, they need to build rapport with the public face to face.
We as a community now have to apply pressure so that we do get a modern police station built here and a temporary one for the time being.
I suggest you email these people with your concerns:-
Alan Billings firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Watson Chief@southyorks.pnn.police.uk
Kevin Barron email@example.com
Why not scrap the Police and crime commissioner and put the decision-making back into the hands of the Chief constable. How much money would this free up? I am not sure how much Alan Billings and his staff get paid a year? if anything they create confusion, rather than clarity and a better police force.
It appears that Dinnington only has two dedicated PCSO’s, who by chance can be found in the resource centre on a tea break. If one is on the morning shift, another on the afternoon, who’s covering the evening shift?
South Yorkshire police staffing levels.
I was given South Yorkshire police staffing levels about 12 months ago. Anston and Dinnington has a combined population of 25K. The ratio of police officers it should get from current South Yorkshire numbers is, 50 police officers and 50 civilian staff. If you say 50% of these are kept in a central pot, to do specialised duties. That still leaves 25 police officers and 25 civilian staff.
Recent escalating crimes
Recently we had a Killer clown attack, cars have been burnt out and other crime I am not even aware of. House break-ins seem to have gone through the roof.
Visible police presence
A visible police presence reassures the public, but also makes criminals look over their shoulders. Turning a blind eye to crime and not preventing it, results in the escalation of crime in our communities, as we have seen in Dinnington the last six months.
All the best