MORE bobbies will soon be on the beat in the Camberley area following a police shake-up.

An extra three neighbourhood officers are to be appointed, bringing the total number to five.

The existing pair patrol the town centre and the Old Dean estate. It has not yet been decided where the three new officers will be stationed.

Senior officers are currently studying crime and other statistics to decide where they could be most effective.

Their appointment will be linked to the introduction next January of a new style of policing across the county.

Called targeted neighbourhood policing, the system will be aimed at increasing local intelligence and reassuring the public.

Chief Supt. John Wilce, North West Surrey Police divisional commander, said last Friday: "The officers will work in those neighbourhoods experiencing persistent problems.

"They will also provide a greater visible presence to the community."

The officers will be equipped with mobile phones to enable them to report crime and other incidents directly from the scene.

This will eliminate the need for them to leave their beat to fill out crime reports at the police station.

Their efforts will be backed by an intelligence unit whose staff has been increased from one employee to four.

The unit's tasks will include keeping track of known local criminals and their associates, and compiling details of crime patterns.

Aiding this work will be special police patrol teams who will provide a quick response to major incidents.

Commenting on the overall changes, Chief Supt. Wilce said: "The biggest single difference to the past is that we are going into intelligence led policing."

The county has been chosen by the Home Office to pilot the initiative which, it believes, will ensure a more efficient use of police resources.