Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has met with the man responsible for delivering local policing across Gloucestershire, Superintendent Richard Cooper, to seek reassurance that the force will continue to have a robust attitude towards burglary in the county.
The meeting followed an announcement by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, head of the new National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), that members of the public should no longer expect police officers to turn up at their door if they are burgled. However, following discussions with Alex Chalk, Superintendent Cooper confirmed that police expect to attend every single dwelling burglary in Cheltenham, including attempted burglaries.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Chalk commented: "Burglary is a serious crime which robs people of their security and leaves them feeling violated and vulnerable. I am pleased that our excellent local police are treating this crime with the seriousness it deserves. It is good news for the people of Cheltenham.”
In a wide-ranging discussion the two men also discussed the local constabulary’s plans for reconfiguring local policing to make it more efficient and flexible.
Alex Chalk MP stated: “This was a very constructive meeting. Gloucestershire police are to be congratulated for their constructive and innovative approach to local policing. I believe their plans for increased flexibility will help officers crack down on crime and antisocial behaviour."