I recently met with Inspector Bert Dean, Elmbridge Borough Commander. It was a delight to be able to meet face to face rather than over the ‘phone which we had to do for our meetings during the restrictions.
We covered many topics that residents in Weybridge raise directly with me, but in particular anti-social behaviour and enforcement of drug laws. I stressed the importance of cracking down on drug use and tackling anti-social behaviour and Inspector Dean explained to me how he has worked to improve the response of police particularly in the case of people who report people smoking cannabis or using drugs in their street. The key message to pass on is that if residents have concerns or believe a crime is being committed, please do report it. This can be done by calling 101 or online here. You can also report a crime anonymously if people want or through crimestoppers (although this may take longer to respond to). In an emergency always call 999.
One of Inspector Dean’s priorities is to ensure that the police give a call back to residents’ feedback on the work they have done following reporting a crime. We also spoke about the pressures on the police service and how we can support our police officers.
I thank the police for all the work they do to keep us safe, to support and protect our communities, and I look forward to my next meeting with Inspector Dean.