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South Holland Police: 'We do the best with what we have'

Police have vowed that we live in a ‘safe county with a low crime rate’ - after figures demonstrated the low officer numbers serving our area.

Last week we revealed that nowhere in England and Wales has fewer police per 100,000 than Lincolnshire - and that there are just 66 officers based in South Holland.

A Freedom of Information request showed that the number of officers in South Holland was the same as in 2014.

Insp Nick Waters says South Holland staff are dedicated
Insp Nick Waters says South Holland staff are dedicated

We asked force chiefs if there are enough officers to keep people in South Holland safe, if our police are overworked and if the level of crime in our area is under control.

Local Policing Inspector Nick Waters responded: “We will always police to the very best of our ability with the resources we have.

“We continually review how we deliver the service to make sure it is the most efficient way, with a recent change to base officers in Holbeach in order to cut response times.

“We have incredible, dedicated staff here in South Holland and we ask an awful lot of them. We are sincerely grateful to the community who are, in the main, very supportive of what we do.”

A police spokesman pointed out that officers based outside of the district are on hand to help South Holland’s 66 police.

These can include the Economic Crime Unit, Protecting Vulnerable Persons, Cyber Crime Unit, Digital Forensics Department and the Paedophile Online Investigation Team.

There are also eight voluntary constables based in Spalding.

The Government is pledging to recruit an extra 20,000 officers nationwide - and Lincolnshire expects to get 166 more over the next three years.

It’s thought that this could add to the number in South Holland - but it’s not yet clear how many new officers will be stationed in the district.

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