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Christmas Cop Shop in the Galleries is open!

Cop Shop 2017
We’re thrilled to be re-opening the doors to our Christmas Cop Shop in The Galleries in Bristol today (Monday 27 November).

Back for the seventh year, we’re located on the ground floor and hope to see as many people as possible in the run up to Christmas, to offer tips on keeping safe this winter, as well as having some festive fun. 

There will be new attractions at the Cop Shop this year, including our life-sized model police horse and a fully working police car which will be parked outside the shop.

We all know that dragging kids round the shops can be hard work, so we have lots of activities to keep children entertained whilst you’re out Christmas shopping. Our Crime Scene Investigations (CSIs) have teamed up with us once again to re-create a crime scene – come and try your hand at being a detective and see if you can follow the clues to find the culprit in our mocked up crime scene.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m delighted that the Cop Shop will be returning to Bristol city centre this year.  I visited the pop up shop last winter and think it is a great initiative to help ensure local people stay safe over the festive period.

“As well as seasonal inspired activities for children, members of the neighbourhood policing team and our partners will also be giving advice on staying safe, crime prevention and home security.  If you’re in the area, be sure to take a moment to stop by and say hi.”

This year we are working with Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal in order to spread a little Christmas cheer to Bristol Children’s Hospital and the children that will be spending Christmas in hospital. You can donate gifts that will be given to the children before Christmas. Alongside this we will also be holding a bake sale with our police cadets. If you want to give a gift, please pop in and find their wish list next to our Christmas tree.

We will be sharing the shop space with a host of partners including, UWE Policing Society, Bristol City Council, Wessex 4x4 Response, Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Response who will have a motorbike on display in the shop, and Cycle Republic who will be advising on bike security.

PCSO Warren Rodgers who is based at The Bridewell said: “It’s such a great opportunity to be here again in the heart of Bristol’s shopping centre in the run up to Christmas, so our thanks to The Galleries for having us back.

“We know that retailers and the public appreciate our presence here, and last year we welcomed over 4000 visitors to the shop.

“We’re here to help people stay safe at Christmas so please pop in to see us. If the kids are bored of being dragged round the shops then stop by as we have loads of activities to keep them busy and some great prizes to give away, which have been kindly donated by a whole host of local retailers." PCSO Warren Rodgers

Colin Lang, Centre Manager, The Galleries said: “We’re really pleased to welcome the Cop Shop back to The Galleries over the busy Christmas trading period. Their presence in the centre reinforces the community spirit that is at the heart of everything we do and helps to build relationships between the local police and the public in a fun and entertaining way - all this while providing a genuine service to the community.”

The shop will be open from 09.00 – 18.00 from 27th November until the 23rd December.

Posted on Monday 27th November 2017
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