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Local Policing

Upton Grey comes within the Basingstoke Rural South policing area, locally represented by PCSO Andy Jones

'Your local Police contact is always happy to catch up for a chat and answer any concerns that you may have.'

Email andrew.jones.13301@hampshire 

PCSO Andy Jones began his working life in security, then worked as a prison officer for 10 years. He joined Hants Constabulary 15 years ago, working first in Basingstoke town, then Basingstoke Rural for the past seven years.
During that time Rural South area has much extended, covering 49 Parishes 

Importance of reporting

Andy stresses again and again the importance of information provided by the public, eg about a suspicious incident or vehicle, and so building up a narrative, a hot spot of intelligence which attracts resources.
High numbers can be a good thing if  reflecting more people reporting, not necessarily more crime and incidents.

999 is for Crime Happening there and then, appreciating even 999 doesn’t always work as well as it should.
101 is for non-urgent cases – where nothing is lost in taking time to follow up the next day.
REPORTING ONLINE shouldn’t necessarily take precedence over 101, but has  advantages – can complete in own time without waiting, and can also upload documents and photos.
Search via any search engine for Hampshire Constabulary reporting.
Re feedback, yes will just get the generic email acknowledgement. But be assured that when officers next search the system the reports will be there; officers will know which ones to go to and progress.


Hampshire Alert

Mobile Phone Law

‘The consequences of using a mobile phone while at the wheel can be catastrophic.’
This is the message from Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police's joint operations Roads Policing Unit as new law changes came into effect 25th March 2022.
‘The change sees the law expanded and mean you can receive an immediate fine of £200 and penalty points on your licence for the following offences while driving:
-    Illuminating the screen
-    Checking the time on your phone
-    Checking notifications
-    Unlocking the device
-    Making, receiving, or rejecting a telephone or internet based call
-    Sending, receiving or uploading a photo or video
-    Utilising camera, video, or sound recording
-    Drafting any text
-    Accessing any stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, films, playlists, notes or messages
-    Accessing an app
-    Accessing the internet
‘There are just two exemptions to the law, allowing for a call to be made in an emergency where is it not practical to stop, and for contactless payment for a service provided at the time – for example, road tolls or drive-throughs – but the vehicle must be stationary.’