Dear Residents and Councils,
Please see link attached June 2017 Police Panel Document and the Rural Crime Team Area update. We hope to see you at the next Panel Meeting the dates are;
Histon Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on Tuesday 13/06/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at Longstanton, The Village Institute, 24 High Street, Longstanton, CB24 3BS.
Sawston Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on Wednesday 14/06/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at Sawston Village College Classroom G5.
Cambourne Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on Thursday 15/06/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at Haslingfield Village Hall.
June 2017 Panel Document 2017
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Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime
Join us at a crime prevention evening organised by the Police and Neighbourhood Watch
Wednesday 10 May 5.00 – 8pm
at The Church of St Peter & St Paul
Park Street, Dry Drayton, CB23 8BZ
Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at The Church of St Peter & St Paul to highlight security improvements that residents can make to protect their homes and reduce opportunist crime.
Officers and staff will be available to provide advice and information. There will be a crime prevention talk at 6p.m. There will also be security products for sale at a discounted rate, as well as information about property registration and coding.
Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling and visiting local streets, to increase security awareness.
Please come along to find out more.
In February we launched a web-site where you could register complaints about parking in your village. As promised we have taken the information that you gave us and have run our first two crackdown days.
During these days we ring-fenced our PCSOs and deployed them only to the places where you told us parking was a problem. Before deploying our PCSOs I took a careful review of the information and it was clear to me that a lot of the parking being complained about wasn’t necessarily illegal. This is due to some confusion about the difference between a Highway Code Rule and the rules established by the Road Traffic Act. Without getting too technical, there are some rules in the highway code which are ‘should not’ and some that are ‘must not’. Only the latter can be legally enforced.
However we recognise that this anti-social parking that breaches the highway code was of concern to a lot of you so rather than take no action, I drafted a letter highlighting the rules of the Highway Code that was placed under windscreen wipers of any car we found breaching one of the rules. We also developed some new ways of utilising the technology at our disposal to target our PCSOs and cut out some of the admin and paperwork normally associated with an operation like this- all at no extra expense to the public.
Over the course of the two days we issued a combined ticket/letter total of 200 which I hope you agree is some impressive work. We are going to be repeating these crackdown days at unannounced intervals throughout the year, striking a balance between dealing with parking concerns and the other very important work that our PCSOs have to do.
So, please continue to use the web-site to report concerns- we are essentially starting with a clean sheet- so if parking is a problem in your road you need to tell us about it. You can find the link here:
I hope that you all have a safe weekend and that the weather stays nice for us!
Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs.
Wednesday 29 March 17:00 – 19:30 hrs
The Orchard Community Centre, Central Avenue, Orchard Park, Cambridge, CB4 2EZ
Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Orchard Park community centre to highlight security improvements that residents can make to protect their homes and reduce opportunist crime.
Officers and staff will be available to provide advice and information. A senior officer will be providing a crime prevention seminar at 6.30p.m.
There will also be security products available at a discounted rate, as well as information about property registration and coding.
Neighbourhood teams will be patrolling and visiting local streets, to increase security awareness.
Please come along to find out more.
Some exciting news- next week, Wednesday 15th March at 7pm, I am going to be hosting our first ever online Specials recruitment event-broadcast live from Cambourne.
The Special Constabulary is the volunteer police force that supports the work of Cambridgeshire Constabulary. ‘Specials’ are warranted officers that have all the powers of their ‘regular’ colleagues and are trained to a very high level.
The live event is an information evening for anyone who has every thought about joining the special constabulary and wants to know more. Over the course of the half-hour broadcast I will be interviewing a number of different Specials covering issues like- the application process, the training, what the job is like, the amount of commitment required and so forth. We will also try to answer as many questions from the viewers as possible.
To take part in the event simply follow the main official Cambridgeshire Constabulary twitter account @cambscops ( https://twitter.com/CambsCops?lang=en ). At 7pm a link will be posted to the live broadcast- click the link and hey-presto you will join the broadcast.
Whilst this event is themed around Cambridgeshire Constabulary, a lot of the information will be of interest to anyone thinking about becoming a Special, anywhere in the country so please feel free to share this email with family or friends in other areas.
If you’d like to submit a question in advance you can do it in two ways- post it to our twitter using the hashtag #SpecialsLive or email me back and we’ll try to answer it during the broadcast.
Hope you are able to join us next week,
Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs
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.
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
Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander South Cambs
There will be a panel meeting held tonight between 7:30 – 09:00p.m. at Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, Nr Royston, SG8 6EF.
Please do come along to meet you local neighbourhood team.
Histon Neighbourhood Team
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:
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.