Market Weighton and Pocklington and the surrounding villages will now have a dedicated police Community Beat Manager (CBM).

PC Abbi Davis will be based at Pocklington and will be helping the existing local policing team to tackle the issues of the area.

Abbi will be dedicated to working with the local policing team to tackle any issues that have an impact on the community.  This includes working with young people on early intervention and engagement with the primary and secondary schools.

We asked Abbi about her new appointment and started by asking her about her police career so far.

Abbi said, “I joined Humberside Police in 2014, pretty much after leaving university, and worked as police staff in a number of different roles including in the force command centre as a call taker answering people’s calls to 101 and 999.  I applied to be a police officer and began my police officer career on patrol in Scunthorpe in 2017.

“I have a lot of previous experience working with the communities in Scunthorpe and am really looking forward to developing the new methods in modern policing in dealing with the longer and sometimes short term problems affecting the community, making our communities more resilient and safer.

“In my role as a patrol officer I have worked at a very full-on, fast pace, attending emergency calls on response. In this role I am looking forward to making a real difference to people in the community and seeing those changes through, from identifying the problem to resolving them. I am sure in doing this we will build better relationships between local policing and the community.

We asked Abbi about the current issues in the rural communities around Market Weighton and Pocklington.  She said, “This is such a large rural community who are affected by not only the usual issues of burglary, theft, anti-social behaviour and low-level drug issues. This area has also got the additional issues of wildlife crime and vehicle crime.

“We now have our Rural Task Force based at Driffield who deal with wildlife, rural & heritage crime and so I am keen to work alongside them to tackle any issues effecting that side of the community. 

“It is clear to me that we have great relationships with our partner agencies within the East Riding which assists us with tackling anti-social behaviour and other associated problems affecting our communities. Working in partnership with these other agencies is key to having an effective joined-up approach to any problems in our communities.

“I am hoping to tackle the issues affecting this community by building on the already good relationships with our partner agencies. Giving the communities a voice and feeding back the problems. Promoting trust with our local communities by engagement from the local policing team.

“I will be taking advantage of all the skills and specialisms held by Humberside Police and requesting resources where applicable such as specialist roles like roads policing, to tackle issues such and  HGVs and speeding concerns in our rural villages.  I will also look to gain the support of the Op Galaxy team for any potential warrants we need to conduct to tackle any local drug-based crime issues.

“The local residents have a big role to play in tackling local crime.  I would ask for people to make sure they report any suspicious activity or crime to us so we can act on that information and target those areas of most concern in our community.

Abbi ends by saying “I can’t wait to get out and about and meet the local community and hope that when people see me they will to come and have a chat with me and let me know of any issues that they have.”