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What's On Sun, 29th November 2020



Waverley Borough Commander, Gary Smith and Sergeant for East Waverley, Claire Sutherland, visited Chiddingfold and met with Cllr Susie Forrest and the Clerk on 29th November.

The visit was one of several B.C. Smith is making to local councils and follows up the recent speech by Chief Superintendent (West Surrey) Alison Barlow to the Surrey Association of Local Councils Conference.  The focus of his visit was to explain how the new structure of Surrey Police is operating post the significant changes in 2016 when officers ‘on the beat’ were removed in response to budget cuts and growth of new areas of offending such as cyber-crime and to get a better understanding of the issues and concerns of people in the parish.

Within Surrey Police each borough has a Neighbourhood Team who are responsible for the day-to policing.   There are also a number of county wide specialist police units that are used for complex and particular types of criminal activity.  Gary, as the Borough Commander for Waverley, heads up the Neighbourhood Teams across Waverley.  He explained that although there aren’t ‘beat police’ any more, each village in Waverley has a named officer able to develop relationships and an understanding of the local area.  Chiddingfold is served by PCSO Davina Smith.

He recognised the benefit to the police of maintaining relationships with groups like Pubwatch and Neighbourhood Watch.  He also spoke about wanting to work with schools to deliver important safety messages to children.  St Mary’s School had a recent visit by PCSO Smith to explain to pupils the work that Police officers do and to give pupils a chance to ask questions of the police.

Although he acknowledged that there are negative reports about policing and that there are service limitations, he was keen to stress the ongoing importance of reporting crimes.  The police cannot act where they are not informed and although not all crimes can be successfully resolved, reporting crime aids the police in building up an intelligence picture of offending leading to better resource targeting and increased positive outcomes.  Reporting offences also helps the police to understand the issues that communities are facing. 

Non urgent matters can be reported online or via 101.

Serious matters such as a crime in progress or an immediate threat of harm should always be reported on 999.


Members of the public can sign up for In The Know a tailored email service giving information on local criminal activity and relevant advice.  To sign-up go to www.intheknow.community

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