More police officers will be added at Truro city centre. The officers will be paid by shop owners at the city centre. The Truro Business Investment District, funded restaurants, shops, and various businesses in the city for extra policing at their expenses. They will now fund two more uniformed police who will be dedicated to foot patrols.
A BID spokesperson said that the additional officers will focus on reassuring the public after the reopening of the high street. With the government allowing the national non-essential shops to trade again, it is expected that Truro will be very busy in the first weekend of the selection of independence. Two more special police constables are also expected in Truro although they will be on voluntary roles.
Antisocial behaviours have been on the rise in Truro in the past few months. Many people are now worried about the rising numbers of street drinkers on Lemon Quay. Last month, Bert Biscoe, the mayor of the city, wrote to the police and crime commissioner of Cornwall requesting a change in the policing of the city. This came after a toilet cleaner was reportedly attacked. Mr. Biscoe suggested that a more pro-active style of policing should be introduced in the city rather than the existing reactive style.
Inspector Colin Wheeler, the chief police officer in Truro said that he will continue looking for a way of increasing the presence of police officers in the city centre as well as the surrounding areas, especially at this time when pubs and shops are being reopened. He said that they had increased foot patrol within the city as well as in the surrounding areas. He also requested the council to educate and inform the public by establishing new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).
Truro BID has reported that the number of shoppers who are now visiting the city has increased tremendously since the reopening of non-essential shops; as well as other businesses on Monday. Their spokesperson said that the town centre has handled social distancing and queues very well, adding that customers have enjoyed their visits to the city centre. He also said that the new police officers are welcomed and they are looking forward to their services.