Inspector quashes social media rumours by highlighting how busy Exmouth Police Station is
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 April 2018
Exmouth police have moved to quash rumours that their town HQ is not being used.
Speculation had been circulating on social media alleging that there were no Devon and Cornwall Police officers based at the station in North Street.
Inspector Antonia Weeks has denied that this is the case, saying there are more than 30 operational frontline officers working from the Exmouth base.
In 2016, the Journal reported that plans to replace the current station in 2017-18 were put on hold by Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez.
Insp Weeks said that, although the public-facing counter is no longer available, the police station is very much a ‘busy and operational facility serving the local community around the clock’.
She added: “Working in teams they respond to 999 and other calls for service, investigate crime and work alongside other services to keep people safe.
“The response teams are complemented by a neighbourhood team of three police officers and six police community support officers; this team works in partnership, using local intelligence to target the criminality that puts the most vulnerable in our society at risk.
“Another neighbourhood team works out of Ottery St Mary Police Station to cover the wider rural area.”
According to Insp Weeks, Exmouth also has a team of detectives responding to, and investigating, reports of more ‘serious and complex’ crime.
Other specialist operational departments, such as armed officers, dogs and road policing teams, regularly support policing in Exmouth.
Insp Weeks added: “In addition to the frontline officers, a number of police staff also work out of Exmouth Police Station covering a range of central and specialist services including crime analysis, problem solving and corporate change and development.
“We are also proud to host the National Modern Slavery Transformation Programme team here at the police station.
“The public can contact us via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk for more information on their services and contact details.”