Police changes will benefit Ottery says new Sgt

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Ottery’s new police sergeant said the town is a ‘safe place to live’ and hopes to keep it that way despite changes to officer numbers in East Devon.

Paul Roberts said a ‘new model’ is being discussed by Devon and Cornwall Police, but thinks it will actually improve coverage for Ottery.

He said: “As it stands the new model will have no impact on neighbourhood policing in this area, and with Cranbrook being built we may see even more officers in this area.”

Sgt Roberts joins Ottery from a similar role in Tiverton, which he said was a ‘completely different way of policing’.

But he added he was previously in a similar role to his new position as Neighbourhood Team Leader in Crediton, so has experience of rural police work.

He is currently covering the sergeant’s role in Sidmouth as well due to illness, but he said the plan is be in Ottery full-time.

“From my point of view I am looking forward to working here and having a positive impact,” said Sgt Roberts.

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“It’s a safe area to live in and I hope it stays that way.”