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Three Rivers Intervention teams return to Rickmansworth

March 11, 2013, 12:40 pm

After two years of being based at Watford Police Station, the Three Rivers Intervention teams, who respond to emergency calls, have returned to Rickmansworth.

The teams, who were based in the old police station in Rectory Road, Rickmansworth, moved to Watford Police Station in February 2011 when police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, detectives and staff from the Local Crime unit and the Community Safety Unit moved into new accommodation within the Three Rivers District Council offices at Three Rivers House in Northway.

Now, extra room has been made for the five Sergeant led teams, and will result in a 24 hour a day police presence at the station in Rickmansworth. The teams officially moved in on Thursday, February 28.

Chief Inspector for Three Rivers, Catherine Akehurst said: “It is great to have the teams back in Rickmansworth and its good news for residents too. Although whilst working from the closest operational base in Watford Police Station, the teams have maintained cover for the district and kept response times in line with force requirements, there are real benefits to having them here.

“All key policing units will be back under one roof, creating better links with colleagues in the Local Crime Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Team, as well as with Three Rivers District Council. It will enable those officers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the local area and therefore better address the needs of the local community.”

Three Rivers remains one of the safest areas to live in the country. Since April 2012 there has been a 19% reduction in all crime and a 25% reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents. Dwelling burglary has also reduced by 13%.

Catherine added: “Were seeing unprecedented crime reduction in both Three Rivers and Hertfordshire as a whole and I am confident that this move will help to further reduce crime in the district. People in Rickmansworth will see a difference in the area around the station, with additional police vehicles, but hopefully this will be a reassuring presence.”

Cllr Roger Seabourne, Chair of the Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership, said: “Three Rivers is one of the safest districts in England and by working closely with the police and other organisations we have continued to reduce crime in the Rickmansworth and Three Rivers area.

“I’m pleased our partnership with the Police is further strengthened by this co-locating of the Intervention Team with their Safer Neighbourhood colleagues who have been in their new station for two years. Sharing premises in Rickmansworth helps both organisations to protect the frontline services that residents care about whilst keeping costs down.”

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