Posted: Friday 7th October 2016
Seeing police officers actively doing their job has a powerful impact on how positive we feel about our safety. It is always made abundantly clear to me during my numerous community visits how important a visible police presence is on the wellbeing of the residents who live there. What is also vital is that local people feel able to access their police officers easily and that they respond swiftly to their problems.
Calverton, I’m delighted to say, has a very focused and proactive local policing team which is building strong relationships with the people it serves and is responding to their concerns. What is of particular note is the effective way Gedling police, which includes Calverton and the surrounding villages, communicates its work to local people and involves them in their crime reduction efforts.
The team has an industrious Facebook page in which local people are warned of crime threats, are given useful crime prevention and personal safety advice and are notified of dates and times for when local officers and PCSOs will be out on patrol so that residents can meet them for a chat.
In one week alone, the team highlighted the risks of leaving dogs in cars on hot days after discovering one while out on patrol, publicised the safe return of a five-year-old boy to his parents’ after he was found in a town centre and reported the reckless driving of an off road bike in the area to ensure local people took precautions - all through Facebook.
For anyone wanting to find out exactly what their local police is up to on a daily basis, then this is a fantastic resource. It also keeps people informed of the antisocial behaviour patrols and PCSO walkabouts so people can take time out of their day to speak to them and help them understand the area’s problems better.
Getting the message out that we are solving problems and listening requires good communication at this is something that is working very effectively in the Calverton area. Social media has become such an important part of this by allowing us to reach vast numbers of residents at the click of a button. It provides the kind of bite-sized information that gets to the heart of matter whether it is a security warning, prevention advice or an opportunity to meet local police and is proving its weight in gold in building close-knit communities that work together to fight crime.
If you haven’t yet seen the site and want to find out more about what’s happening in your area then please pay it a visit. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter!
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner