Northamptonshire people now have a new service provided by the police. Two vans, dubbed the “Beat Bus”, are traveling across the area in order to bring security forces closer to the population.

Northamptonshire towns and villages are no longer far from traditional police stations.

Two new vans, dubbed the Beat Bus, are being used for regular surgeries and community visits across the county. Funded by the Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, the two vehicles aim to give greater access to policing services in some of the county’s most remote and rural communities.

Speaking to UOB Today, PC Haley Wallace said:

“It give us more accessibility to the public, it is a safe place for them to come, they can seat down, if they wish, even to have a cup of tea.”

These two vans are part of the investment announced by the Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime and Chief of Police, who has promised to double the number of police officers in Northamptonshire over the next few months.

In 2021, the overall crime rate in Northamptonshire was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. The most common crimes were violence and sexual crimes, which occurred approximately every 40 out of 1,000 residents. According to the latest data, Wellingborough is the city in Northamptonshire with the highest crime numbers.