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Safer Neighbourhoods Teams
The New Forest is part of a police Operational Command Unit that includes Southampton, Romsey and Eastleigh with the New Forest area being split into three sectors. Each sector is overseen by an inspector and is further broken down into safer neighbourhoods teams.
Details of who your Safer Neighbourhoods Team are and the work they are undertaking can be accessed by clicking on the link below and filling in your postcode:
New Forest Police
The SNT team will vary in size and composition depending on the needs of your particular neighbourhood. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams can contain police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) special constables, community volunteers and may also include staff from partner agencies and voluntary bodies like housing associations, youth workers and drug workers.
Targeted Patrol Team
The Targeted Patrol Team (TPT), respond to calls for help and carry out patrols in response to local issues.
What is the difference between the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Targeted Patrol Team
If there was a group of young people in the act of carrying out criminal damage in your local park, the TPT would respond and deal with the immediate issue of identifying the people responsible and taking action. However, if this was part of a long running problem, the Safer Neighbourhood Team would become involved with the local community to find ways to stop the damage reoccurring. Examples of this type of prevention work include working with the community and councils to find more positive activities for the young people in the area, working with the local authority to provide better lighting and security in the park or by helping to educate parents about knowing where their children are and what they are doing.
Both TPT and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams are equally important to making the New Forest even safer, along with other functions and departments such as CID, intelligence analysts and Station Enquiry Officers who are your first point of contact when you visit a police station.