Inspector Kate Woods is in charge of Knutsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit. | Knutsford Times

Inspector Kate Woods is in charge of Knutsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit.

By on March 5, 2009

As well as their daily tasks local Police Officers took part in searching houses and seizing property in an operation to curb drug dealing.

They strengthened links with the local farmers in a campaign to prevent the theft of tractors and other valuable agricultural equipment.

They enlisted the help of children to stop drivers speeding near schools, arrested a man who will face charges in connection with the theft of thousands of chickens, and carried out patrols as part of the ArcAngel campaign against alcohol-related violence.

All this action was deeply rooted in the fact that we work alongside, and with the help of, local people and local organisations. That joined-up working was the target when Cheshire Police was re-organized in 2005. The Knutsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit was set up then, alongside eighteen similar units.

This NPU, based at  Knutsford police station, in Toft Road, currently consists of  sixteen Police Officers, three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), three Special Constabulary Officers and two Front Desk Support Officers.

Our key role is to provide dedicated ward officers who are both visible and accessible to their respective communities. These officers actively engage with other statutory and partner agencies such as schools, all local councils, Trading Standards service and Customs and Excise, to tackle crime and disorder issues. There are five police officers and three PCSOs in this role.

Eight other officers are responsible for investigating a variety of crimes including theft, assault, harassment and criminal damage,that have occurred in the Knutsford policing area. That includes High Legh, Little Bollington, Ashley, Rostherne, Pickmere, Plumley with Toft and Bexton, Mobberley, Great and Little Warford, Chelford, Mere, Nether Alderley, Aston by Budworth,Lower Peover , Millington, Ollerton and Marthall, Peover Superior, Snelson, Tabley and the town centre wards. Myself and two sergeants provide the day-to-day supervision.

The NPU does not work alone.  “Out of hours” emergencies are responded to by patrol officers based at Macclesfield or Wilmslow police station who are assigned to the Knutsford area for that particular shift. And numerous other specialist units who are part of Cheshire Police Eastern Area work alongside us.

The Public Protection Unit are  responsible for investigating domestic violence, sexual assaults and child protection matters, the Serious Investigation Unit investigate crimes such as serious assaults and high-value fraud, which require protracted investigations, and a team within the SIU look into serious and fatal road traffic collisions. A Proactive Policing Unit plans and carries out covert operations to target burglars who break into people’s homes.

Our ultimate aim is simply to keep you safe and feeling safe.Knutsford NPU has its own direct telephone number, linked to an answerphone for non-emergency enquiries – 0845 458 6380 and its own email address: knutsford.cat@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. All enquires will be responded to within 24 hours.

The police station is now open Tuesday – Saturday inclusive: 09:00 – 17:00. Out of hours, or if the station is unexpectedly closed, an intercom beside the front door links to police HQ at Winsford. The call management centre  will endeavour to contact a local officer who may be on duty to deal with your query or incident.

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