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MP Vernon Coaker heads out on patrol with police in Gedling to find out more about the frontline

Gedling MP Vernon Coaker was given a first-hand insight into the challenges facing frontline police officers in the borough when he went on patrol around the area.

The MP spent most of the day with police officers and was invited to attend the morning briefing, visit crime hotspots in the area and join officers on the beat.

Mr Coaker said: “I regularly meet and discuss issues or potential issues with our local police officers, but it is also important that I go out and see for myself the challenges they face locally and also see first-hand the issues that constituents tell me about.

“The Police are doing a great job under extremely difficult circumstances. We do need more police on our streets, we need more community policing. In addition to more police officers, they also need the police staff to support them.

“We will be getting some new local community police officers here in Gedling, thanks to the support of Gedling Borough Council, but local police forces also require the funding from the Government in order to not only serve and protect our communities, but also to ensure they can protect themselves and stay safe.

He added: “I would like to thank everyone involved in policing across Gedling borough for their continued hard work and dedication”

Inspector Chris Pearson said: “It was great to welcome Mr Coaker so that he could experience what officers in the area deal with each day.

“We hope he enjoyed the visit and like last year, we tried to give him a real sense of what local policing in Gedling looks like.

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“Every day the local response and neighbourhood officers deal with diverse issues including dealing with many immediate incidents where life is at risk and problem solving longer term issues in partnership with other agencies in the area.

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