Salisbury MP John Glen has been finding out more about local policing after he joined officers on a shift in the city.
Officers and staff from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team invited Mr Glen in for one of their briefings, as well as their weekly multi-agency tasking meeting before he went out in a patrol car.
He was crewed with PC Josh Bliss and the pair responded to a report of anti-social behaviour in Lower Bemerton, before joining up with CID for an arrest attempt as part of an investigation into a sexual assault.
The arrest attempt was successful and cannabis was found at the suspect’s address so he was also further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
PC Bliss said: “It was great to have an opportunity to show Mr Glen the wide variety of incidents that we attend and the type of work that our Community Policing Team is involved in.
“The briefing and meeting were also a chance to highlight the ongoing issues and concerns that we have and how we work closely with partner agencies to make sure we have a joined up approach.
“He is more than welcome to pop by any time and come out on patrol with us again.”
Inspector Pete Sparrow added: “It is always fantastic when local politicians show an interest in the work we are doing – not only can we raise awareness about issues and challenges facing local policing, but it gives us an opportunity to highlight the important work that our officers, staff and partners are doing daily in to keep the community of Salisbury safe.”
Mr Glen said: “I was grateful to be invited to spend a day with Salisbury Police and extremely impressed with the dedication and professionalism of Josh – and all the officers I met.
“As well as seeing a wide range of frontline policing tasks, it was both fascinating and helpful to take the opportunity to discuss how our officers would allocate the additional investment in policing.”