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Police asking for volunteers to patrol Northamptonshire’s streets

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Members of the public are being asked to join forces with Northamptonshire Police and patrol the county’s streets.

Anyone who signs up to Street Watch, a new initiative being trailed, will be able patrol their local streets to help discourage the low level issues that impact on the most people.

Street Watch members will walk in pairs, wearing high visibility jackets.

Northamptonshire Police said today they will help to prevent crime by “improving security, increasing vigilance and community spirit and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness”.

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “Community safety is not just the responsibility of the police – we all have our part to play and the Street Watch scheme will empower people to safely patrol their streets and make a difference where they live.”

Volunteers will also help the police by reporting any suspicious behaviour in their area.

Police hope members will help to reduce the fear of crime by providing accurate information about crime to neighbours and keeping an eye out for vulnerable people in their community.

Local police will keep in regular contact with Street Watch members to share information and advice.

The Northamptonshire scheme will be trailed in Irthlingborough and an information evening is being held next week for members of the public to find out more.

Chief Inspector Gary Ashton, who is leading the scheme, said: “Street Watch is a scheme run by the community, for the community.

“The members are ordinary people with no police powers. If they see anything suspicious, all they are asked to do is report it to the police.

“They also give support to the community by providing reassurance and a visible presence to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The scheme has already been successfully established in other parts of the country and we are keen to help people in Northamptonshire to tackle the issues that matter to them.

“Safety is of course paramount and all Street Watch members will be given regular briefings and support.”

The information evening for the Irthlingborough pilot will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 11, at the library in High Street, Irthlingborough.

For more information visit www.northants.police.uk/streetwatch or email sav@northants.police.uk

 

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