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St Thomas Safer Neighbourhood Team
Who are we? - The St Thomas Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) comprises the following Officers:

  • Sergeant Matthew Whiting
  • PC Caroline Burton
  • PC Stuart McLean
  • PC Dwight Crichton-Campbell
  • PC Alexandra Hughes
  • PCSO Yve Sandham
  • PCSO Johanna Donegan
  • PCSO Wendy Robinson

The St Thomas ward incorporates Somerstown, part of West Southsea and Old Portsmouth. Due to the policing demands of the ward area, it has been split into the following locations, with officers assigned as follows:

Central and East Somerstown

PC Crichton-Campbell, PC Hughes and PCSO Sandham

West Somerstown and Terraces

PC McLean and PCSO Donegan

Old Portsmouth and West Southsea

PC Burton and PCSO Robinson


How can I contact you?

You can contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team by a number of means:

Through the Hampshire Constabulary switchboard - 0845 045 45 45

Through the direct line to PS Whiting (when on duty) – 023 92893291

Via e-mail - This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it



When should I contact Police?

If your call is an emergency, then you should telephone 999.
If your call is not an emergency, but you have been a victim of a crime, then you should call 0845 045 45 45
If your call relates to quality of life issues, such as graffiti or noise, then you should call 101.

If your call 101 your query will not always be dealt with by the Police – it may be dealt with by the local council, or by Environmental Health. You will be given a reference number so that you can check on the progress of your query with the council.


If I report a crime, will a Police Officer always attend?
Currently, calls made on 999 or through 0845 045 45 45, are passed to the Police Control Room, which is situated at Netley.The calls are then dealt with by Police Control Room staff, who decide on the urgency of the call, and deploy an appropriate Police Unit to attend.In the main, emergency calls are dealt with by the Targeted Patrol Teams (TPT) who operate out of Fratton Police Station (Kingston Crescent), and currently the TPT cover the whole of Portsmouth, including Cosham.
Calls that are not urgent, or do not require any immediate deployment, may be resolved by a follow up visit, or in some cases, if there is no likelihood of the crime being detected, by telephone resolution.
So, if TPT answer emergency calls, what do SNT do?
The Safer Neighbourhood Team's remit is to reduce crime, concentrating their efforts on those that commit the most crime, and to work with partner agencies in tackling issues that most concern the community.
Examples of this work would be dealing with hate crimes, such as racist incidents, executing drugs warrants, reducing vehicle crime, reducing burglaries, tackling repeat offenders with legislation such as Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO), and working on issues that cause the most concern to the local community.
In addition, PCSOs will visit certain victims of crime, particularly those who are vulnerable or repeat victims of crime.
The issues that cause the most concern to the community are called community priorities, and these are set at Neighbourhood Forum meetings.
These community priorities are limited to three per neighbourhood team.
It is envisaged that for St Thomas, one priority will be set by the Old Portsmouth Neighbourhood Forum, with the other two being set for by the North Southsea Neighbourhood Forum.
The priorities are reviewable at each Neighbourhood Forum meeting, and this is currently dictated by the policing demand across the beat.
Currently, it has been calculated that roads in and around Somerstown alone make up for around 70% to 75% of the demand on the beat, and as a result, the resources of the team are directed towards that area.
Are the SNT officers always on duty?
The Safer Neighbourhood Team is based at Portsmouth Central Police Station, and work a shift pattern comprising of days and lates.
The Inspector at Portsmouth Central is Inspector Snook.
The day turn duties commence at either 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., and conclude at either 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. The late turn duties commence at either 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. and finish at midnight, with the exception of Friday and Saturdays where the Police Constables commence duty at 5 p.m. and finish at 2 a.m.
When the team are not on duty. the TPT officers will deal with any calls that cannot wait until SNT are back on duty.
Currently the SNT officers all work the same hours, with the exception of PC Burton, who works a slightly different pattern. This means that if PC Burton is not on duty. then PCSO Robinson will be.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 November 2007 )
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