Police answer the call

They have never been so easy to get on the phone, according to the latest statistics released by Police Minister Liza Harvey.

Mrs Harvey said last week that people had embraced the idea of calling Local Policing Teams (LPTs) to discuss crime issues in their neighbourhoods since LPTs were given mobile phones nine months ago.

She said in a recent review conducted over six days, members of the public contacted the 148 LPT mobiles on 472 occasions.

�I�m encouraged the public has embraced the LPT mobile phone initiative which, along with growing social media use, is helping to build on the relationship between officers and their community,� she said.

She praised the professionalism of Local Police Teams which returned 95 per cent of unanswered calls within 24 hours.

Mrs Harvey said it was important for callers to leave a message if their call was unanswered.