Police appointment pilot extended in Cambridgeshire

A pilot scheme where victims of crime can make appointments to see police officers is being extended to seven new parts of Cambridgeshire.

The initiative, which will be extended from Monday, aims to free up officers to spend more time out on patrol.

Currently, police visit victims at their home a few days after a non-emergency incident has been reported.

Under the new scheme, victims can book an hour-long appointment with an officer.

The surgery-style appointments will start at police stations in Bridge Street, Peterborough; Parkside, Cambridge; Hampton; Wisbech; St Ives; St Neots and Ely.

Stations at Histon, Thorpe Wood, March and Huntingdon are already using the new system.

Supt Mike Brown said: "The pilot is still in its early stages but it has been well received by the public so far and, on average, around a third of all slots have been filled on a daily basis.

"We were always going to explore the use of other sites, by introducing the scheme to other stations it will make it more accessible for everyone living in Cambridgeshire."

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