A NEW neighbourhood police officer has been introduced to work with residents to better understand the needs of the community.

Basingstoke Cops took to Facebook on Saturday, April 13 to introduce PC Tom Richards, the new dedicated neighbourhood officer for some areas of Basingstoke.

PC Richards has previously worked in the town centre investigating various crimes.

The post reads: "My name is PC Tom Richards and I would like to introduce myself as your new Dedicated Neighbourhood Officer (DNO) for Rooksdown, Winklebury and Buckskin. I have previously worked in Basingstoke Town Centre investigating crime and addressing issues brought forward by businesses and members of the public.

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Basingstoke Gazette: PC Tom Richards

"My new role involves working with residents and community partners to better understand the needs of the local area. In the coming months I will be attending public events, meetings with community leaders, and conducting proactive patrols so as to identify crime that is happening and what can be done to stop it."

Residents who want a quick and easy way to find out about crime happening in their area can sign up to alerts at hampshirealert.co.uk.

Residents are also being encouraged to get in contact with PC Richards if they have any questions by emailing him on tom.richards@hampshire.police.uk.