New ways of working for your Local Policing teams

October 25, 2018




Dear Sir/Madam;


I am the Policing Area Commander for Somerset East, covering Mendip and South Somerset authority areas.  


Despite the pressures we face at a time of diminishing financial resources, increasing complexity of crime and operational demand the Chief Constable and PCC are committed to protecting frontline Neighbourhood Policing teams.


We have very recently reviewed our approach to Neighbourhood Policing, to ensure your local officers remain at the heart of your community.   

With a focus on Neighbourhood Officers dedicating time to solving problems that matter to their local community.  In addition, we are also asking our staff to be more visible in their communities to provide meaningful engagement that builds confidence in us.

This is being enabled by the roll out of laptop computers to all front line staff – they will now be able to work remotely in their communities, in schools, shops, café’s in fact anywhere the public are.


Measuring our engagement is notoriously difficult, and one of the ways  I am hoping to do so, is to ask that you take the time to fill in a simple survey.  This will help us see if our new approach is making a difference.  It is just one measure, but for me the most valuable, as it tries to measure what people in our communities think and their level of confidence in us.


You have been identified as a someone in your community who I hope, will be willing to help us measure how effective our new ways of working are going forward.


I would be grateful if you would take a couple of minutes to fill out the simple survey on the link below.


If you have any questions about how your local team operate, or would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind Regards



Sharon Baker

Chief Inspector

Local Policing Area Commander

East Somerset (South Somerset & Mendip)

Address:- Yeovil Police Station, Horsey Lane, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1SN

External Tel no. 01935 402102 (direct line) internal 62102 Mobile 07342985812


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