Crime cutting operation to continue throughout year - (Photo)

Contributed by editor on Feb 15, 2009 - 12:00 AM

An operation to reduce crime and reassure Christmas shoppers in Folkestone town centre has been a success and will now be run throughout the year.

Student officers in Folkestone town centre

In the run up to Christmas, Folkestone town centre had student police officers on patrol which meant an extra 10 constables (6 students and 4 tutors) were able to deter criminals and take positive action against offenders.

It was the students' first real patrol experience which they are required to gain as part of their development as probationers.

The aim of putting the student officers on patrol in the town centre was to help families enjoy their Christmas shopping - free from anti-social behaviour and crime.

All the officers wore high visibility Police jackets and helmets and were well-received by the public and retailers. The officers, who all have full powers, made a number of arrests, carried out 36 stop searches and produced 24 intelligence reports.

In addition, one of the officers used his diabetic knowledge to deal with a man who appeared drunk but was actually suffering from a hyperglycaemic attack and in need of urgent medical attention.

The officers were also on hand to help deal with two people who had epileptic fits. Sgt Mark Wells, who is responsible for the Student officers said: "This gives the student officers excellent patrol experience which they learn a great deal from. It also means there is a highly visible presence of police in the town centre, which is appreciated by both the public and retailers. We will now start to do this throughout the year every time we get a batch of new officers."