Dr Alan Billings and Chief Superintendent Richard Tweed attended a meeting of the Conisbrough Partners and Communities Together (PACT) on Thursday 9 April.

The meeting in the Ivanhoe Centre, Conisbrough, was a lively meeting and members were forthright in their questioning of the Commissioner and the Doncaster District Commander.

Dr Billings spoke about the problems facing the police and also the new policing model that will shortly be introduced in the Doncaster district.

He explained that by combining the current uniformed response teams and neighbourhood teams into one Local Policing Team and requiring them to have a neighbourhood focus, it would enable more police officers to be present and visible in the community.

He said: “All officers will be issued with lap tops that they can take with them when they are in the community. They will not have to go back and forth to the police station and this allows them to stay in the community for much longer periods. You should see more police more often.”

The Commissioner also paid tribute to the police community support officers who will remain focussed on neighbourhood issues.

Attendees at the meeting told the Commissioner and District Commander that they had absolute confidence in their local sergeant and hoped she would still be able to attend their meetings.