Paddy Tipping with Children from Blue Bell Hill Primary School
Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, had the opportunity to meet over 600 Nottingham residents on Friday (15 March) and hear their views on crime and community safety in the city.
During his seven-hour tour of the city organised by Nottingham Citizens, Paddy Tipping visited Blue Bell Hill Primary School in St Ann's where he spent time with students from year's five and six, and learnt about their safety concerns in the area as well as taking a walk around the community to see which locations the children feel unsafe in.
Other activities during the day included meeting pastors from across Nottingham's churches to discuss their experiences of stop and search; visiting the Forest Recreation Ground to look at key issues of safety and environmental changes needed as part of the £5.1 million redevelopment project and visiting the Karimia Institute in Bobbersmill to discuss issues of safety and policing in the Islamic community.
Paddy Tipping said: "I was delighted to be able to meet so many Nottingham residents of different ages and backgrounds in one day. I like to get out into local communities as often as I can to hear what people's concerns are about crime and community safety, as well as how they think policing can be improved in their area.
"Nottingham Citizens is made up of over 35 groups and organisations - so it was really interesting to meet a number of their members during the organised activities."
Nic Williams from Blue Bell Hill Primary School said: "Working together with our pupils helps raise their aspirations and know that they will be listened to. For those who want to be police officers this has been a particularly positive and exciting exercise in seeing how the police are held accountable."
Sajid Mohammed, Himmah and Nottingham Citizens Trustee: "Nottingham Citizens is committed to working with Paddy to see him deliver on the promises he made us last
November - for safer taxis, safer school routes, a safer Forest Recreation Ground, appropriate use of stop and search and ongoing relationship building - this day is a key part of that and a great opportunity to look at how we work together on these issues."
Posted on Monday 18th March 2013