More than 100 police officers are being recruited by the Cambridgeshire force.
50 will come from a new model announced by the authority – with the rest funded through council tax.
The new model includes:
· Additional officers working in areas where there is the greatest risk and need
· New Community Action Teams to tackle local issues
· Access to local policing officers for every resident
· Additional investment in public protection
· A centralised Demand Hub to enable us to deal effectively with demand
· 211 police officers working with investigations
· 580 police officers working on response, dealing with emergency calls
· 124 officers working in neighbourhood policing, supported by 125 PCSOs and 18 police staff
· Shift patterns aligned to demand
· Front counters in every district council area
As a result of the new model the force will:
· Have an extra 50 officers, all on the frontline.
· See improvements in the quality and consistency of investigations, with an increase in accredited investigators working in larger teams ensuring there is more capacity to deal with those crimes that have the highest risk.
· Increase understanding of communities with a centralised intelligence function working closely with local areas. New Community Action Teams will be available to tackle emerging issues.
· Have additional resilience, with shift patterns and team sizes based on those times and areas with most need.
· Deliver a sustainable policing approach that balances the budget from 2018/19 onwards.
· Have a new Demand Hub that will enable us to deal more effectively with those calls that do not require police assistance or can be dealt with over the phone or through the website. This will enable officers to prioritise emergency calls and those crimes where there is the highest threat.