Readers of this blog will know my views about the funding cap imposed upon Surrey Police by the previous Government. Sooner or later it was obvious that the cuts would be felt in front-line policing and here in north Surrey the effect has been that fewer cars are available for our local officers.
During the past couple of weeks you may have noticed clusters of police cyclists in high visibility vests out on the local roads. They were doing the equivalent of the old Cycling Proficiency test, for police cyclists. The plan is to issue bikes to local officers rather than cars.
However, there is not even a sufficient budget to provide bikes for all of our local officers and they have asked local communities for help. We need 2 bikes to cover Cobham, Hatchford, Downside and Stoke d’Abernon. They cost £600 each and so far only £250 has been raised. Can any reader help? The Cobham & Downside Residents’ Association are donating £200 and if you have any spare cash, please send it to the Chairman, Sue Kilpatick at 38 Freelands Road, Cobham. Cheques can be made out to “CDRA” and please enclose a covering letter stating that your donation is for the police cycle fund.