Law and order in Clifton, Deddington and Hempton is the responsibility of Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan force in the country. It covers the historical counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, an area of 2,220 square miles.
Every neighbourhood in Thames Valley has a dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team. Neighbourhood policing is about putting the ‘local’ back into local policing. It’s about making sure that the police, working with other agencies, provide the service that people want by tackling those issues that are important to local residents. Each Neighbourhood Team is made up of a Neighbourhood Sergeant and Neighbourhood Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
There are over 30 villages in the Banbury rural area, and each has issues that need dealing with by the police and our partner agencies, from dog fouling to inappropriate parking, and speeding to anti-social behaviour. In order to police the villages better, the team works together to provide a service that is prompt, efficient and proactive. We very much welcome contact from the community and we urge you to contact us if you see something suspicious as this enables us to prevent and detect crime on the area. We can be contacted by phoning 101 or alternatively you can email us.
As a Neighbourhood Team our priority is to reduce rural crime and scrap metal thefts and alongside local agencies, we regularly inspect scrap metal and vehicle dismantler sites. The Neighbourhood Policing teams are equipped with an ultra-violet light source to search for any forensically-marked items such as lead from church roofs. We have also recently carried out several Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operations in the area and have good links with bordering Police Forces.
The Deddington Police Office is in the Old Court House (the Library building), High Street, Deddington, Banbury, OX15 0SH and is run by a team of volunteers who are available for crime prevention advice, lost property enquiries, crime/incident reporting and to offer support to members of the community.
The opening hours are:
Mon and Tues: 12.00-16.00, Wed 10.00-13.00
If you need to contact the Neighbourhood Specialist Officer on a routine, non-urgent matter (including reporting minor crimes), telephone 101 (24-hour service), or email us. In an emergency always call 999.
The area’s Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator works alongside our Crime Reduction advisor from Banbury Police Station. They work together with members of the public and our community safety partners. So if you would like more information about starting a Watch scheme in your street or village or would like some free crime reduction advice give them a call, they will be happy to help.
Speeding traffic often causes problems in the three villages. The police fully support the Government's pledge to reduce the number of road accident casualties and one way they are doing this is by educating drivers about the dangers of speeding.
Thames Valley Police aim to work with their communities to reduce crime, disorder and fear as a leading, caring and professional police service. They are doing this by consulting with local people, working in partnership with other agencies to increase community safety, tackling causes rather than just symptoms and applying restorative principles.
The North Oxfordshire Police Area's annual plan gives more details of policing priorities for the area. To obtain a copy, contact Banbury Police Station. For a copy of the full Thames Valley Police annual plan, contact Thames Valley Police.
See also The History of Policing in Deddington (note, this does not reflect the current situation).