Council welcomes voluntary policing

A scheme to introduce more volunteers into our area’s policing team has been backed by Horncastle Town Council.

Inspector Terry Ball, the officer in charge of the Wolds Division, asked councillors for their views on plans to utilise volunteers.

They could perform policing duties as specials, PCSOs or town wardens - or work in administration.

Critics have described the increasing use of volunteers as ‘policing on the cheap’.

However, speaking a town council meeting last week, Coun Bill Aron welcomed the initiative. He said: “I would support it. I think it would be very good to involve local people - with local knowledge.”

Coun Tom Mumford also supported the idea, saying he had enjoyed the two-and-a-half years he spent working as a special constable. Other councillors felt utilising volunteers in support roles would free experienced officers for more frontline duties.

The discussion followed latest figures, which show another double-digit drop in crime in Horncastle and surrounding villages.

Figures up until January, show 56 fewer offences were reported in Horncastle and Wragby - representing a 16.6 per cent reduction on the same period last year.

In Woodhall Spa, Coningsby and Tattershall, crime fell by 13 per cent on last year with 43 less offences being reported.

Insp Ball outlined a number of initiatives to reduce thefts from shops, including cardboard cut-outs of officers being placed in strategic positions.

Town councillors welcomed the reductions.