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Neighbourhood Watch schemes looking out for each other

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This week we have been marking National Neighbourhood Watch Week (16 – 24th June). 2.3 million households across the UK are members of Neighbourhood Watch and we’ve been working in partnership for over 35 years.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary welcomed the national network into HQ for a session attended by local members and officers which aimed to develop a new strategy to help build safer communities and modernise the organisation.

The seminars introduced new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits which empower members to support the police in the detection and reduction of new and emerging crimes. Modern slavery, fraud & scams and serious violence were amongst the Toolkit topics, which are deemed to cause significant harm to victims and communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Neighbourhood Watch plays a vital role in helping to keep our communities safe and reducing crime.  Policing is too big a job for the police alone and is why the volunteers who make up neighbourhood watch are so valued as the bread and butter support networks to local policing.  I have the upmost admiration for what you do for our communities and extend my sincerest thanks.

“With over 100,000 homes represented in neighbourhood watch schemes across Avon and Somerset, it really shows the power of local people in preventing crime.  I do not underestimate the value of your united approach to tackling local issues and maintaining community safety. Only by empowering communities to take action can we together cut crime, ensure fewer victims and build safer communities.”

ACC Steve Cullen, Head of Neighbourhood Police said: “Strong local communities are trusting, caring and respectful. This unity creates resilience against crime and our neighbourhood police officers help safeguard these special community bonds. We’re committed to maintaining excellent relationships with our local Neighbourhood Watch groups, giving them the oversight to proactively support their community and our beat teams.”

Thank you and congratulations to Wendy

Wendy Hull, and her husband Les, received a royal invitation to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace earlier this month (5th June) in recognition of Wendy’s work and contribution to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Neighbourhood Watch.

In 1987 Wendy saw an opportunity to make the community she lived in a better place and set up her first Neighbourhood Watch in Bristol where she’s lived all her life.

Wendy’s voluntary career developed into a pioneering full time role where she cemented relations with the police and improved communications within the Neighbourhood Watch network. Wendy remained part of Neighbourhood Watch for 30 years and retired a few years ago. Retiring hasn’t slowed her down though she still dedicates time as a police volunteer and represented Neighbourhood Watch at a national and local level.

Wendy Hull said: “I like to focus on communities, not crime. Neighbourhood Watch which is a great organistion and I’ll always be here to support the network and members individually. I’d like to see Neighbourhood Watch groups to develop to their full potential which means empowering local communities across the local area. I encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved to make the first step, it doesn’t have to be tremendously difficulty and you might just enjoy it!”

Being part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme shows that your community is looking out for each other, it keeps you up to date with what’s going on in your area and can help prevent and tackle crime. If you’re interested in joining visit https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/watch-community-schemes/neighbourhood-watch-scheme/

Posted on Friday 22nd June 2018
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