Avon and Somerset Police are opening the doors to our Christmas Cop Shop in The Galleries today (Friday, November 25).
They 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.
The shop has lots of activities to keep children entertained whilst you’re out Christmas shopping. You can help to solve a Christmas burglary by following the steps through our mocked up crime scene. There will also be competitions running for children to design posters – the theme for younger children is keeping safe at Christmas and for older kids it’s online crime.
They’re also asking young people to fill in a survey about online crime, which will feed into a bigger piece of research on this topic.
Shoppers may like to spread a little festive cheer by buying gifts for children who will be spending Christmas in hospital this year. Visitors to the shop can take a tag from our tree with the age and sex of the intended recipient, go and buy a gift, and then come back to leave it under our tree. We will then deliver the presents to Bristol Children’s Hospital the week before Christmas.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I think the Cop Shop is a great initiative and I’m looking forward to meeting the team when I visit The Galleries today. It’s a fantastic way of engaging with our local communities and ensuring that they stay safe over the festive period.
“If you’re visiting Bristol city centre over the next few weeks, I would encourage you to stop by and speak to the local policing team and our wider partners. As well as seasonal inspired activities for children, they will also be giving advice on staying safe, crime prevention and bike security.”
The police will be sharing the shop space with a host of partners including Avon Fire and Rescue, Bristol City Council and Cycle Republic, who will be advising on bike security.
PCSO Warren Rogers from the city centre neighbourhood team said: “It’s such a great opportunity to be here in the heart of Bristol’s shopping centre in the run up to Christmas and we’re grateful to The Galleries for having us.
“We know that retailers and the public appreciate our presence here and the last time we did this, in 2012, we had over 6000 people through the doors.
“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."
"We also have some great prizes to give away, which have been kindly donated by a whole host of local retailers, as well as £250 worth of vouchers donated by Broadmead BID.”
Manager of The Galleries Colin Lang said: “We’re delighted to have the police team back in the centre this year, offering a mix of interesting educational activities. Come on up to the first floor, next to WHSmith, to see what’s going on!”
The shop is on the first floor of The Galleries, next to WHSmith, and is open from 9am to 5pm from November 25 to December 22.
Posted on Friday 25th November 2016