By a County Press reporter
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Superintendent Will Schofield is to leave the Isle of Wight. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE most senior police officer based on the Isle of Wight, Superintendent Will Schofield, is taking up a temporary post in Portsmouth for six months where he will become Hampshire Constabulary’s eastern area commander.
He will be temporarily promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent for his new job which begins on Monday (November 4). A temporary superintendent will appointed for the Island.
He said: "As area commander, I will still be overseeing the Isle of Wight in addition to Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport.
"While I am looking forward to the new challenge, I’m sad to be leaving the Island for the time being. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here to provide an excellent service to the community in this unique environment."
He arrived on the Island in September 2012.
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by Mike Crowe
1st November 2013, at 18:45:18
Roger, who produces the figures?
by roger mazillius
31st October 2013, at 20:50:00
The crime figures do not support that claim.
by Valerie Ching
31st October 2013, at 19:46:20
Mat Thomas is spot on about outsourcing. If you read the Police reports to parish councils or their publicity it appears that cover on the Island in the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams is very dependent on Police Community Support Officers. The clue is in the name I feel - support, The plain fact is that the Police precept on the Council Tax increases year on year and the police forces seem to be overstretched and understaffed all due to cost cutting. Working with "partners" or appointing Police and Crime Commissioners to talk about things is not going to improve this situation. And all the signs are that the outcome is not good.
by Den Young
31st October 2013, at 18:57:43
mike weve also had our house burgled so we know what that's like too, did we get anything back or did they catch anybody? you know the answer.
31st October 2013, at 18:14:13
Den, sorry but from experience I wouldn't recommend or wish a break in or theft on anybody, ............................ especially on the Isle of Wight. I had a journey to do today and I had a Police Car on my tail. I had to go through a quite long 30 MPH stretch. I felt that I was being 'goaded' to do more than the 30. I may be wrong, but I don't think I was. I wasn't in my own car, I was in a 'boy racer' car. Make what you can of that.
31st October 2013, at 17:31:38
Steve you obviously do stand up comedy for a job, with a bit of luck it will be your property next time and I can crack the jokes.
by Mat Thomas
31st October 2013, at 16:14:17
This is how we are viewed on the Isle of Wight these days. Its part of the effect of the run-down of services and “outsourcing” which is the cause.We have it with the Fire Brigade too. Outsourcing is not a solution to our problems. The ordinary police officers on the beat and patrols along with police station facility has all been threatened and now so is access to senior police officers. It is part of the process where the 999 emergency service has been moved to Hampshire because of cost and “efficiency”.The old and new administrations have presented outsourcing as a solution, we will suffer for it in the long run.
by alan naylor
31st October 2013, at 14:46:04
Police surrounded the suspects house and was about to move in when one saw on the doorstep a peice of wood a spring and cheese they retreated they all agreed it was a trap and retreated
by Steve Smith
31st October 2013, at 12:35:13
Really Mike?When was the last time you were burgled? And did you report it?Exactly it is just hearsay!
31st October 2013, at 09:52:07
"" Burglaries have fallen tremendously in recent years""Sorry Roger you have that wrong. It should read " Reported Burglaries have fallen tremendously in recent years because it is a waste of time reporting them"
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