Lack of police on streets among issues discussed at Buckingham community policing forum

The Buckingham community policing forum took place in the town council chamber last night (Wednesday)
The Buckingham community policing forum took place in the town council chamber last night (Wednesday)

The lack of police on Buckingham's streets was among the topics dicussed at a community policing forum in Buckingham last night (Wednesday).

The event at the town council chamber was hosted by Thames Valley Police's Aylesbury Vale neighbourhood policing team.

Town councillor Mike Smith, who was among those present at the meeting said: “A lack of police on our streets was again part of the discussions as usual.

"Anti-social behaviour was reported to have decreased in the area and there were conversations about burglary matters.

"It was more a case of a round-up evening from the police.”

“PC Chris Stockings, who led the event said: "The forum takes place every three months.

"It’s a place for councillors to raise policing issues flagged up by their constituents.

"The purpose is to hear what issues the public want us to deal as a priority.

"As a result of this neighbourhood forum anti-social behaviour is down 21% from 275 cases to 216 cases at year to date.

“We were asked to focus on raising residents awareness of home security.

"PCSOs are already visiting homes that do not have any lights on and are are dropping a security leaflet through residents doors."

The issue of police visibility in Buckingham was addressed with further news of an extra PSCO joining the area later this March.

Inconsiderate parking at Bourton Meadow School was discussed.

Speeding in the villages was also raised and will be passed onto the highway patrols.

Ten people attended Wednesday evening’s meeting but only one resident who is also a member of the traders association was present.

The next police community forum meeting will be in April.