I recently wrote to Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, about the worrying decision to remove a dedicated Sergeant from Shildon. This Government’s cuts to police budgets are forcing the removal of senior police officers from our streets.
Durham Constabulary have reduced the number of Sergeants in South Durham from three to just two. The Sergeant responsible for Shildon will now also cover Sedgefield, more than 12 miles away. This is absurd, and cannot make any financial or practical sense.
This is unfair to Shildon residents who were reassured that the Sergeant would not be withdrawn from the town and were not asked to consult on the decision with Durham Constabulary.
Sergeant Andy Boyd was instrumental in rebuilding Shildon’s confidence in Durham Constabulary, in particular it’s work to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour. That work is now being undone now as residents are understandably worried about the risk of increasing crime.
Durham Constabulary have explained that Shildon will retain the same amount of police constables and police community support officers.
You can read Durham Constabulary’s response in the Northern Echo here.