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Neighbourhood Policing

Neighbourhood Policing Explained

PCSO'S John McGOVERN and Liz RENDLE are Your Local Neighbourhood Policing team for the North Torridge Coastal Area, covering Northam Town Council including Appledore and Westward Ho! Also the A39 rural area Villages to Cornwall, including Hartland, Woolsey, Clovelly, Parkham and Buckland Brewer.

Maintaining and improving public confidence is a key challenge facing the Police in a rapidly changing environment. Therefore the structure of Policing at a local level will continue to be based around the Neighbourhood Beat (Policing) Team (NBT). This approach sees resources geared towards community engagement, local knowledge and communication. Consequently the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary aims to provide people who live or work in a neighbourhood with:


  • Access - to local policing services through a named Neighbourhood Beat Team
  • Influence - over policing priorities in their neighbourhood
  • Interventions - joint action with partners & the public
  • Answers - sustainable solutions & feedback on what is being done

Your ( NBT ) cover specific areas based on community parishes. Your Team is made up of a Police Community Support Officer, a Neighbourhood Beat Manager and a Team Leader of Sergeant Rank. We are supported by a team of additional Police Officers to concentrate on areas that have higher policing demands. The team then works with a large network of partner agencies such as Devon County and Torridge District Councils, Social Services, Health and Welfare organisations to name but a few.