Police teams back on the beat after recruitment

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

BEAT bobbies will be a familiar sight in Exmouth's suburbs once again after a recruitment drive to fill vacancies in the force's neighbourhood team. Three new appointments will give officers vital time to get into the community and canvas the opinions and

BEAT bobbies will be a familiar sight in Exmouth's suburbs once again after a recruitment drive to fill vacancies in the force's neighbourhood team.Three new appointments will give officers vital time to get into the community and canvas the opinions and needs of residents. Several months of staff shortages had kept police from their priorities, according to team leader Sergeant Nick Southern."We are trying to nip crime in the bud at source but we didn't have the time for engagement with the community. We want to get the community back on board - and for the public to know who to contact on specific issues."New recruits will join the neighbourhood team with a remit to be a visible presence in the six police 'wards'.New recruit PC Dave Evans will police the Brixington patch. Fellow new face PC Dean Solman will head a rural team policing Lympstone and Woodbury up to Clyst St George - with assistance from PCSOs Sarah Trayhurn and Donna Baker.Exmouth town centre is managed by PC Mat Helm with PCSOs Karen Capey and Colin Balch. Constable Sallyanne Southern covers Lympstone with new PCSO Chris Ball and colleague Nikki Payne.Halsdon beat manager is PC Martin Young, with assistance from PCSO Stuart Penny.After sustained campaigning from residents, experienced ward officer PC Kim Chapman has been assigned to Budleigh without extra rural responsibilities, with help from PCSO Chantalle Major.Sgt Southern will continue to head the team effort alongside Sergeant Phil Godfrey.

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