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Reassurances after Boscombe police patrol base relocated to Bournemouth
BOSCOMBE residents have spoken out against the decision to re-locate the base for the area’s police patrol officers to Bournemouth.
Chairman of Boscombe Cliff Residents Association, Parry Brooks, called the move a “retrograde step” and called for increased police patrols in Boscombe. The Michelgrove Road resident said: “You only have to walk through certain areas of Boscombe to see people dealing here there and everywhere. Several properties on my road have been burgled in the past fortnight.
“I’m really shocked by this decision. We should have more police patrols rather than them being based out of Bournemouth. They always say they will be there in five minutes, but is that actually the case?” Dorset Police said the change should not affect response times in Boscombe. A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “Boscombe patrol officers’ duty start and finish location has moved to Bournemouth. “They will continue to patrol Boscombe as they always have and response times will not be affected by this largely administrative alteration.”
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams will remain working from Boscombe police station at Gloucester Road, but police patrol officers will move to Madeira Road in Bournemouth. Dorset Police also said they were trying to improve the response time in Boscombe by looking to acquire a more centralised Safer Neighbourhood Team base in the precinct or Crescent area.
Boscombe councillor Jane Kelly said: “From the conversations I’ve had with the Safer Neighbourhood team, Boscombe is still definitely a priority. This is all part of the overall operational change but I am sure Boscombe will still be covered.”
Cllr Chris Wakefield said: “I have been assured by Dorset Police that there will be the same if not more police deployed to Boscombe.”
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