PC Lisa McMillan Sgt Amanda Randall, PC Lisa McMillan
PC Derek Barham, PC Robbie Dover
Police Chief Patrick Rice sees the enormous value Neighbourhood Policing can bring to the community and Guernsey as a whole. The Team is led by Sgt Amanda Randall with the responsibility for Castel largely in the hands of PC Lisa McMillan.
Lisa is very enthusiastic about her role and is pleased by the way her presence has been received by parishioners of all ages. ‘Good positive relationships’ have been developed as the Neighbourhood Police Officer travels throughout the Parish – largely on foot.
She sees Neighbourhood Police Officers becoming a focal point in a number of areas throughout the Parish.
Lisa explains that CCTV has been successfully deployed in the Rectory Hill area as a temporary measure at this time and this has led to a reduction in anti-social behaviour and the level of calls relating to this and other issues - such as parking.
It is planned to extend this to other areas of the Castel, where practical, always taking into account the need to protect privacy for homes and individuals. Contribution towards the running costs come from the Parish.
The team have visited both Les Beaucamps and La Mare de Carteret High Schools from which they are receiving positive feedback and will be looking to strengthen links with Primary Schools in an effort to develop preventative education.
There are pockets of problems which will crop up, while at the same time regular issues such as fly-tipping, litter, ‘inappropriate parking’, abandoned cars and the spread of the incidents of cars for sale continue to occur.
The Castel Douzaine is very appreciative of the support received from the Police in trying to deal with abandoned cars, particularly those which have scarred the Cobo Car Park. They also value any support in dealing with the expanding problem of cars for sale – particularly on coastal car parks.
Regular patrols circulate in the Parish keeping a close watch on various areas and this will be extended to beach areas in the summer months.
It is pointed out that this is very much a ‘visual presence’ as they want everybody to enjoy themselves, however, not to the detriment of others.
In an effort to continue forging links which will help the Neighbourhood Police Team and Parishioners, the Douzaine want to encourage anyone with a problem or issue they feel needs to be raised, to contact the Parish Office which is open from 9am – 12noon every weekday morning – or call 255644/e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact will remain in confidence and passed to the team, and, in addition, a confidential drop-off ‘box’ has been commissioned.
The Douzaine Room is being made available if anybody wants to talk in confidence to ‘PC Lisa’ as she is widely known in the parish. Plans are also in place for her or one of the team to attend the monthly Parish surgery, where again, a confidential area can be provided, if necessary.
The Constables and Douzaine applaud the efforts being made to improve the experience of living in the Castel Parish and hope that as many parishioners as possible will embrace this, and make use, where appropriate, of the neighbourhood Police Team.