Burglary Pledge To Public Has Federations Backing

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation supports the force and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s pledge that officers will attend every report of a residential burglary.

New Home Secretary Suella Braverman wrote an open letter to police chiefs on 24 September addressing the need to restore public trust in the police. In it, she said: “To put it simply, the public wants to know that an officer will visit them after a crime such as burglary.”

Hampshire Police has stated it will now do this in every case of residential burglary, although Federation Chair Zoë Wakefield says this is already happening in the main.

Zoë said: “We are already attending the vast majority of dwelling burglaries, so hopefully it’s not going to make too much of a difference to officers. Dwelling burglary is a horrible crime and everyone does deserve to have the best service from the police when they are a victim of burglary.

“If a burglary’s not attended, it’s not because officers don’t want to and they don’t want to give that good service. It’s because there aren’t enough officers. But we are already attending the majority of them.”

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