Cycle security event – Histon


A quick reminder about a cycle security event being run by the Histon Neighbourhood Team today.

Cycle coding at Histon Guided Busway 09 March 2017, between 16:00 – 17:30p.m.

Officers will be available to offer bike coding and registration through Immobilise, as well as offering security advice and discounted ‘Secure by design’ bike locks (D-locks).

Please come along to find out more and support the event.


Regards Histon Neighbourhood Team.



Good Afternoon, Last week we held our ro

Good Afternoon,
Last week we held our round of neighbourhood panel meetings and as usual there was good discussion around local policing and setting of our priorities. Some of this was reported in the local media including the statement
“Villages are a low priority for policing in Cambridgeshire due to a lack of resources, says a chief inspector for South Cambridgeshire.”
Whilst I appreciate the importance of the press and their work in publicising crime and holding the police to account, I also think that it is important to clarify for the record that I absolutely did not say that (nor is it attributed as a direct quote) and that is decidedly not my position. (All other quotes are accurate)
What I did do in the course of a long discussion about policing in the villages and visibility was state my position that I need to put my resources where they can make the most difference by targeting them at those streets that experience the most crime. However, all of these areas are within our villages, not the city. This does mean that some villages with very low crime rates will get less attention than those villages with more crime but I hope that you agree with me that that is a sensible approach to using valuable police resources. This is an approach based on something called ‘Evidenced Based Policing’ which we’ve discussed in the past and will hopefully talk about more in the future.
As your Area Commander, I am responsible for delivering policing within South Cambs, which means that villages are always my priority and will remain so for as long as I’m here. Over the last three years your local policing teams and I have put in a lot of effort and innovation to try to reduce crime in the villages (remember Op Oaklands, our ongoing Op Hunter events, the return of the RCAT and the bad-wolf-test, to name a few).
I hope that answers any question or concerns that you may have had but if not please do feel free to contact me directly.
Finally, please do sign up for our latest crime prevention event- the Spring Community Safety Day on Saturday 18th of March. I’ll be there along with many partner agencies. We’ve had a great response but places are still available- you can reserve your free spot online by visiting
Best wishes
Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander South Cambs

Online booking is now open for our Sprin

Online booking is now open for our Spring Community Safety Day- Sat 18th March 09:30- 12:30 at South Cambs District Council, Cambourne. Neighbourhood Watch Member? Parish Councillor? Come along and take part in a series of workshops to learn how to help your community.

We will have representatives from

Cambridgeshire County Council- On cold-calling zones and scam awareness
South Cambs Police- How to help tackle speeding and parking issues
Cambs Fire and Rescue- Protecting the vulnerable in the community
Neighbourhood Watch- How to get the most out of your scheme.

It will be a great morning and a chance to learn more about how to make your community safer working together with all the local agencies.

Refreshments will be provided and places are free on a first come, first served basis. To book your place just visit:

South Cambridgeshire police panel meetings

As you may be aware we hold panel meetings for each Sector every quarter, residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next four months. Anyone can attend the meetings. The next South Cambs Police panel meetings are to be held as follows:

Cambourne Sector –  Panel Meeting –  to be held on 21/2/1017 at  7.30 p.m.  at the Common Room,  Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6EF  

Histon Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 22/2/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at  Orchard park community centre, Central Ave, Cambridge CB4 2EZ  

Sawston Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 23/2/1017 at 7.30 p.m. at Sawston Village College, Room G5, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BP

At the meeting you will find out what South Cambs Police have been doing over the last quarter and you will have the opportunity to ask questions or tell us about a problem in your area. From your input, we then decide at the meeting which problems the police will prioritise for the next quarter.

If you are unable to attend in person you can follow us on twitter@southcambscops. Just before the meeting starts we will post a link on our twitter feed. Click on this link and it will take you straight through to the live-stream of the meeting.

Please see a copy of the February 2017 panel document below.


We look forward to seeing you there.



Parking- A New Approach Parking- it’s a

Parking- A New Approach

Parking- it’s a perennial concern in many of the villages of South Cambs. My difficulty as Area Commander is how to balance the desire from local communities to see parking enforcement with tackling the policing priorities: investigating serious crime, preventing crime and making sure that we get to the emergency calls.

It’s a little known fact that we don’t have traffic wardens anymore (and never will again). Our PCSOs have ‘inherited’ parking enforcement powers but they are *not* traffic wardens: they have so many important duties and responsibilities that they just can’t dedicated as much time to parking enforcement as some people would like. Most police officers themselves are far too busy to be able to spend much time issuing parking tickets.

I don’t like to make excuses- but in South Cambs we’ll record between one – two dozen crimes that need to be investigated every single day. We record about 2000 incidents a month and when officers aren’t either investigating crime or answering calls for service they have 105 parishes and a whopping 4500 streets to patrol: they can only do so much. When we do have some time I like officers to be out with the speed gun- speeding is a major cause of accidents and death on the roads and I believe that this has to take priority over parking.

Parking itself isn’t always as straightforward as people imagine. Unlike speeding which is an absolute offence, the laws on parking are a bit more complex. Double yellow lines are straight forward enough but some people can still legitimately park on double yellow lines. Parking on a pavement is annoying but there is not a specific offence to be parked on the pavement or verge (the offence is to *drive* on the pavement, not to be parked on it). Police do have general powers to deal with vehicles that are left in a dangerous position but most of the reports we receive are of inconsiderate or illegal parking- not dangerous parking.

Now, this isn’t really an issue in most towns and cities- where parking has been de-criminalised. In Cambridge City for example, the police do not play a part in parking enforcement: that’s all left to civilian parking enforcement officers. However in one or two places- South Cambs being one- parking has not yet been de-criminalised and so remains the responsibility of the police.

So why not decriminalise? Well, even a bare-bones enforcement operation would cost about £150’000. It is very unlikely that the money would be recovered in penalty notices: we know from experience that South Cambs is such a big area that even when we focus on a particular set of villages the number of tickets issues is very low: far too low to cover the costs of enforcement (on average about one ticket every two hours by a PCSO who is really looking for offenders).

So, what to do? As the Area Commander responsible for delivering your local policing services it’s my job to strike a balance between local priorities and dealing with the other demands on the police- some of you don’t believe that we’ve struck the right balance yet and want us to do more. I’ve been giving this some though recently and I’ve come up with the following plan.

Firstly- you can report concerns about parking directly here:

This information goes directly to me and allows me to build up a picture of exactly where and when parking is an issue.

Secondly, I’m going to use this information to run occasional ‘crack-down’ days: targeted patrols using volunteer Special Constables and some of your local PCSOs to focus on the areas that we’ve identified as parking ‘hot spots’. There is good evidence that crack-downs can work in other areas of policing so we will try it for parking.

For obvious reasons I’m not going to publicise the dates of the crack-downs and they won’t be all the time- our response has got to be balanced. However, I’m hoping that you do see some improvement and we will feedback to you via twitter, ecops and this blog on how we get on.

So… over to you: let me know where illegal parking is a problem and I’ll target some resources at it. I may go out and issue a few tickets myself. It’s been a while but I have my ticket book somewhere…

Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs

Join our 100 Club

Cambridgeshire police are looking for help from the public to get views and opinions about the force’s work, policies and procedures.

The force is launching the 100 Club, a virtual participation group which will allow it to get quick feedback from a cross section of the public about issues that are affecting policing and the county.

The scheme is initially aiming for 100 club members but it is hoped more people will want to get involved to represent a wide cross section of all communities, faith groups, ages and nationalities.

Participants will be sent at least one short email a fortnight with information and a link to a quick survey
or poll.

The 100 Club will supplement other external scrutiny including a new forcewide External Ethics Committee.

Chief Inspector Mark Greenhalgh, who is leading the scheme, said: “We hope this will be a great way to get regular snapshots about the views and opinions of the public but we will need your help to make it a success.”

“We are here to serve the people of Cambridgeshire and your views about the force are extremely important to us.”

“This is a great way for you to get involved and to help us to make sure we are providing you with the best possible service.”

Anyone wishing to be part of the 100 Club should email They will then be sent a link to an initial short survey and signed up to the newsletter.


Inspector 0702 Louise Angel

Operational Policy and Development

Partnerships and Operational Support

Mobex 7112215

Mobile 07738 025275

OPERATION HUNTER- Burglary and crime pre

OPERATION HUNTER- Burglary and crime prevention awareness event in Comberton Village Hall, Green End, tonight 17:00-20:00hrs.

Please come down and talk to us. We will be giving advice around crime prevention and offering home security surveys to those who feel their home security might need improving.

The Chief inspector will also be giving a small presentation at 18:30hrs and looks forward to seeing you all there!

Cambridgeshire Police

Op Hunter security event – Comberton

Wednesday 15 February at Comberton village hall, Green End, Comberton, CB23 7BZ

17:00 – 20:00 hrs

Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be holding a security event to provide home security advice and information for local residents to help reduce burglary offences.

Local neighbourhood officers and staff will be available to speak to regarding home security, and there will also be security products on sale at a discounted rate, as well as information about property registration and coding.

Neighbourhood officers will be patrolling and visiting local streets, to increase security awareness.

Do come along to find out more.