Top cop pounds the town's streets to hear policing worries

PUBLISHED: 16:47 25 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 25: DEVON'S top policeman has been on the beat in Budleigh Salterton learning at grass-roots level what the town expects from the force. Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Stephen Otter recently left the comfort of his office to go back to the floor pound

DEVON'S top policeman has been on the beat in Budleigh Salterton - learning at grass-roots level what the town expects from the force.Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Stephen Otter recently left the comfort of his office to go back to the floor - pounding the streets of Budleigh in an attempt to take positive action to stamp out crime. During his visit, Mr Otter called into shops and cafes, where he introduced himself to people and asked for their views on neighbourhood policing.He also met with the town council and heard councillors' policing concerns.The visit came as part of Mr Otter's plan to visit every neighbourhood with a police station throughout Devon and Cornwall - a move he believes will enable him to address real community policing issues.The information gleaned from his visits will be shared with each area's sector inspector.Staff officer Donna Braund said there had been some disbelief and sharp intakes of breath from the public when Mr Otter introduced himself or was spotted on the beat.She said: "He went on foot patrol and spoke to people to find out their views of policing. He spoke to people on a one-to-one basis, getting feedback."He listened to people, found out what their issues are - and he will try to respond positively.

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