Darlington police plan link-up with US counterparts

Darlington and Stockton Times: AMERICAN LINK: PC John Forster, of Darlington police AMERICAN LINK: PC John Forster, of Darlington police

DARLINGTON residents could see police officers from a namesake town in the US patrolling the streets, if plans for a transatlantic link-up come to fruition.

PC John Forster, of North Road neighbourhood policing team, has contacted his counterpart in Darlington County, South Carolina, almost 4,000 miles away, with a view to sharing ideas and techniques.

The project is still in its early stages, but PC Forster is hopeful of working up an exchange programme, which would see officers from the US visit the UK and vice versa.

PC Forster said: “The chief of police in South Carolina got back to me, he was really enthusiastic about the idea and I am waiting for one of his officers to get in touch.

“It is really early days, but hopefully a physical exchange project can be organised.”

Darlington County covers an area of more than 550 square miles and has a population of about 68,000.

One of the county’s main population areas is the small city of Darlington, home to some 12,000 people and best known for its motorsports arena.

PC Forster added: “I imagine they would have some good ideas and we could develop one or two ideas of our own with them.

“There might be some ways of working in the US that are so far removed from the kind of problems we are dealing with over here.

“But I am sure we could benefit one another.

“There is a spark of interest from them, with us being called Darlington as well. They seem keen.”

Darlington also has namesakes in the US states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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1:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

hottopic says...

Cost vs Benefit.... hmmmmmm.
Cost vs Benefit.... hmmmmmm. hottopic
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2:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

Why don't they just concentrate on doing the jobs they are paid to do instead of trying to wangle ratepayer financed trips to America
Why don't they just concentrate on doing the jobs they are paid to do instead of trying to wangle ratepayer financed trips to America Homshaw1
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7:46pm Tue 12 Feb 13

the ferry says...

Be assured this stage this is simply an exchange of emails outside of work time. At no point now or in the future will taxpayers money be used to fund any kind of trip.
Be assured this stage this is simply an exchange of emails outside of work time. At no point now or in the future will taxpayers money be used to fund any kind of trip. the ferry
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12:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Yemen says...

having lived in the usa i can see the benefit of introducing many of the US police's no nonsense attitude to our streets... apart from the guns of course ;)
having lived in the usa i can see the benefit of introducing many of the US police's no nonsense attitude to our streets... apart from the guns of course ;) Yemen
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