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Council Minutes May 2016

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Council Minutes May 2016

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Crime Reduction Team in Bedfordshire Police

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We thought you would like to learn about the Crime Reduction Team in Bedfordshire Police.  We are:

  • Sgt Ben DIMMOCK - Crime Reduction Sergeant (countywide cover)
  • Peter KNOWLES - Crime Reduction Social Housing (countywide cover)
  • PCSO Juliet WRIGHT - Watch Scheme Development Co-ordinator (countywide cover)
  • Lara CURTAYNE - Crime Reduction Officer (North Beds & countywide cover)
  • Lesley JOHNSON - Crime Reduction Officer (South Beds & countywide cover)
  • Dave KOONER - Crime Reduction Officer (South Beds & countywide cover)

The Force’s Crime Reduction Team assists their colleagues across the organisation by taking on a more strategic role, driving forward victim and public engagement initiatives - such as Operation Cocoon and Operation Salcoats - as well as providing training sessions for various departments on crime prevention and problem solving, and creatinge bespoke problem profiles for specific crimes, victims and locations.

The Crime Reduction Team is responsible for responding to the force’s priority crimes through research, analysis and action planning but has now expanded its remit to concentrate on problem profiling, emerging trends, crime patterns, and research into innovative reduction methods.

The team also works closely with internal departments such as the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) and the Bobby Scheme charity. In addition to this, they also bring together partner agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch, the Fire Service and local authorities on their activities.

CROs are always available to advise both staff and members of the public, although practical delivery of crime reduction advice is carried out mainly by Local Policing Teams and our Force volunteers.

Sgt Ben Dimmock, who leads the team, said: “My job is about assisting the Crime Reduction Team in getting to the root of crime within our county and ensuring that organisations such as the police, the council, the fire service, Neighbourhood Watch and local communities are all working together in one aim, reducing crime within Bedfordshire.

“We know that issues can rarely be solved by one agency working on its own. I ensure that from a Crime Reduction perspective organisations are working together, to share information and to develop an action plan to drive forward Community Safety and Crime Reduction.

“It is great to be part of a team who can really make a difference within the community of Bedfordshire and to see the benefit of the changes we make within our county to make it a safer place to live and socialise.”
If you have any queries regarding crime reduction, you can contact the team by email:


Central Bedfordshire Council Call for Sites

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See a list of all of the sites we received in response to our ‘Call for Sites’ for the new Local Plan.

We launched the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan in February 2016. The Local Plan is the document that allocates new homes, jobs and infrastructure over the next 20 years. The ‘Call for Sites’, which ran until April 2016, was one of the first steps in the Local Plan process.

The Call for Sites was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. The full list of sites that were put forward is now available to view by parish.

Only an estimated 4-6% of the land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed.

We are publishing the full list of sites that have been submitted with accompanying maps, so that everyone has the chance to see the sites that will be considered through the Local Plan process.

Further information is available on our website.

Can you comment?

We will be holding public events over the summer, where you can find out more about the Local Plan. In addition there will be a consultation on the site assessment criteria from 30 June – 29 July. Once approved, the criteria will be used to shortlist the sites.

At this stage, sites have not been considered so the list of sites has been provided for information only. The opportunity to comment on the shortlist of sites will begin in December when we publish the first draft of the Local Plan.


Council Agenda 9th June 2016

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Council Agenda 9th June 2016

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Bedfordshire Appoints Rural Liaison Officer

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Force appoints Rural Liaison Officer
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Bedfordshire Police has appointed a Rural Matters Liaison Officer.

PC Tau Chamboko, who joined the force in 2002, will spend the next six months getting to grips with the issues faced by Bedfordshire’s rural and farming community.

He will work in partnership with local authorities and other departments across the force to find solutions to issues causing concern to rural communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Colbourne commented: “Bedfordshire is a diverse county, a large proportion of which is rural. It’s important that we deliver a high quality service across all the communities we serve, and I hope Tau’s appointment will demonstrate to our rural communities that we are committed to tackling the issues that matter to them.

“Crime will not be tolerated in any area of the county, and the force remains committed to protecting people, fighting crime and keeping Bedfordshire safe.”

Tau has already met with National Farmers’ Union leaders and key rural interest groups, who have pledged their support.

During his 14 years with Bedfordshire Police, Tau has spent time on patrol in Luton and in the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Most recently he was a staff officer for the Deputy Chief Constable.

He said: “I am enjoying my new role, and am keen to meet as many people as possible. It’s a brand new role for me and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge.”

To contact Tau, please email: In an emergency, dial 999. For all other enquiries, dial 101.

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