Every police officer capable of working on the streets is now doing so, according to Superintendent Gillian Mitchell, head of Berwick Command Area.
Speaking to Berwick Rotary Club last week, Supt Mitchell said that communities are at the heart of policing, and that a 24/7 service is being given by the teams based in Berwick, Wooler and Seahouses.
She revealed that the Northumbria Force had been asked to find £70 million worth of savings in four years and the trend was likely to continue after that.
After a lot of planning a major restructuring programme was been drawn up, which Supt Mitchell said had resulted in a great step forward in communications, but the level of service had not been diminished.
She added that every effort is being made to improve the quality of life, and said that in Berwick the results were down to Inspector Dave Garrick and his staff. In spite of the huge influx of visitors in the area this summer, there was no increase in crime, car offences or violence.
In terms of anti social behaviour, Supt Mitchell said that her job was to ensure that the police got it right with the young people. She said it is crucial that they take the time necessary to deal with this and encourage young people to grow up properly, but it is also vital that they support people who feel vulnerable and intimidated.
Asked about future liaison if Scotland opted for independence, Supt Mitchell stressed that for years Northumbria had had an excellent relationship with Lothian and Borders Police, which was now developed, though they could strengthen their interactive work.