Feedback from Chester Police Forum Meeting
Held at Tattenhall on 10 July 2006
1. Community Support Officers
These are still being recruited and trained before taking up their positions. Funding is still an issue with only ca. 70% being funded by central government. This leaves some £11k an officer pa uncovered.
Partner funding is being used to cover this shortfall. If the Parish Councils were to fund either jointly or individually then both time and effort of the CSO's will be dedicated to that area.
2. Police Scheme restructuring
Police Authority for Cheshire believe that the merger with Merseyside is no longer on the Governments agenda. However formal minutes from meetings say that it is delayed for further reconsideration. The Police Authority say that no work is now being carried out on the proposals although cooperative work is to be explored with neighbouring authorities.
On Wednesday this week an announcement that the proposed merger which was agreed between Cumbria and Lancashire had broken down over financing.
3. Area Commanders Report
Nothing of significance to report
4. Question Time
The major item of discussion was the enforcement of speed limits. The local Inspector agreed that this was of major concern in the local area. It was noted that the use of speed monitoring equipment had been enhanced by the availability of a speed gun. Training was available and its use could result in the issue of warning notices but not prosecutions to speeding motorists.