No Change In Police Policy Following £20m Drugs Haul

police landroverThere’s no need to change policing policy or resources on the islands because of the £20m drugs seizure from a yacht that was intercepted at St Mary’s.

The most senior police office in Cornwall, Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding, says the event was very unusual for the islands.

She says that the Devon and Cornwall police force will continue to work closely with other intelligence and enforcement teams, including the UK Border Agency and HMRC.

And she’s urged locals who have information or suspicions about what could be drugs-related activity to contact police to ensure a professional response.

Julie has spent two days touring the islands on the medical launch and walking the beat on St Mary’s with Sergeant Colin Taylor, to get an understanding of local issues.

She says bike theft is clearly a concern and she feels that some of the £18,000 of Community Safety Partnership money, allocated by Police Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, could be used to tackle the taking of bikes without consent on the islands.

Julie says people can help by locking their bikes and sharing any knowledge of who’s stealing them, even though she admits this will raise the crime rate for the islands.

She says there are other issues that could use that money as well, such as domestic abuse, and the priorities should be decided locally.

The Commander for Cornwall also highlighted Sergeant Taylor’s use of Facebook and Twitter in getting his message out, as a popular success.

She says the force is committed to social media and she’s supportive of officers who want to harness those channels.

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