Police teams are|answering 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 their own mobiles nine months ago.

She said in a recent review held over six days, members of the public contacted the |148 LPT mobile phones 472 times.

�I�m encouraged the public has embraced the Local Police Team 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 said Local Police Teams 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 went unanswered.

A key initiative of the Frontline 2020 model is each LPT having its own mobile phone number, which gave members of the community the ability to ring their team directly to discuss local community issues.