From the Beat – Police News and Advice



PCSO’S 30336 John McGOVERN and 30674 Liz RENDLE are Your Local Neighbourhood Policing team for the North Torridge Coastal Area.

Covering, Northam Town Council, the parishes of Hartland, Woolsey, Clovelly, Parkham, Buckland Brewer, Abbotsham, Littleham and Alwington.

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 Policing Team (NPT). This approach sees resources geared towards community engagement, local knowledge and communication. Consequently the Devon and Cornwall Police aims to provide people who live or work in a neighbourhood with:


To local policing services through a named Neighbourhood Beat Team

Over policing priorities in their neighbourhood

Joint action with partners & the public

Sustainable solutions & feedback on what is being done

Your (NPT) cover specific areas based on community parishes. Your Team is made up of Police Community Support Officers, 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:-

In turn we are further supported by both the wider community and specific Key Individuals such as, Councilors, various ‘Watch’ groups (Torridge Neighbourhood Watch) and residents Associations etc

Neighbourhood Policing Teams have established themselves as an integral part of front line operational policing across Devon and Cornwall. Neighbourhood policing is about engaging with local communities to identify their concerns and priorities, then crucially working with local communities to solve problems that matter to them. This approach is run in addition to, and in tandem with, the other policing departments of response and Crime that deal with the more general policing demands and complimented with a number of role specific Police and Civilian posts.



Each Neighbourhood Beat is represented on the Police Force web site:-


With policing priorities, we, in our communities tackle issues that arise. This includes useful crime prevention advice through to statistics and news articles. You can even directly e-mail your team from these pages. Alternatively you can write in or call us on 101 general enquiries.

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We know that Neighbourhood Policing teams are delivering real and tangible benefits to people’s quality of life and our area boasts being one of the safest places to live in England and Wales. However, even in these difficult financial times we are committed to making further improvements to our service by forging increased, stronger, smarter links with the community and our partner agencies. Communication is seen as vital to this process and we would encourage everyone to check out and familiarize themselves with their Beat Team and the Devon and Cornwall policing website.


Kind Regards


PCSO 30336 John McGovern, and PCSO 30674 Liz RENDLE.

Neighbourhood Policing Team – North Torridge Coastal Area.