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Commissioner reinforces the 'people power' message as Neighbourhood Watch amalgamates

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has announced his support for a project empowering more local people to help make their communities safer.

Commissioner Tipping has committed £21,000 from his Community Safety Fund to facilitate the amalgamation of the City of Nottingham Neighbourhood Watch Council and NottsWatch to form a county-wide Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch organisation.

The new charitable organisation will expand the current links between police and Nottinghamshire communities and seek to boost the current number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in operation to reduce crime. By employing an operations manager to oversee the work of volunteers county-wide, it is hoped it will also increase the opportunities available for feeding intelligence into neighbourhood policing teams and delivering crime prevention messages to the public.

The amalgamation project was announced today at the joint annual conference of NottsWatch and the City of Nottingham Neighbourhood Watch Council, held at County Hall, Nottingham.

Speaking after the launch,Commissioner Tipping said: “I’ve made no secret of how highly I regard those who volunteer their time to make Nottinghamshire a better and safer place to live. Neighbourhood Watch provides a highly valuable service to the public and complements the work of local police officers by promptly reporting suspicious and criminal activity, helping the Force to detect crime. Just as importantly,however, is the fact that Neighbourhood Watch helps to reduce the fear of crime by delivering timely crime advice and promoting a sense of security and community spirit where vulnerable residents feel protected.

“Local people are often the best placed to identify workable solutions. Grass roots crime prevention like this gives power back to the people, allowing them to share responsibility in improving their neighbourhood.”

“The funding I’ve agreed to invest into the amalgamation of the City and County branches of Neighbourhood Watch will ensure that future crime prevention work is more integrated and that resources are pooled to help increase membership of this very worthwhile scheme. It will also help to maintain the organisation’s website which keeps residents up to date with the latest risks and advice.

In the new format, Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch will oversee a host of self-help schemes across the county,some with 40-plus members. The work is driven towards reducing opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour, promoting the birth of new schemes in communities, providing street signs and deterrent stickers for Neighbourhood Watch areas and providing advice about domestic security and personal safety.It also uses an ‘Alert’ system to inform the community about crime risks and generates valuable intelligence.

The organisation plans to liaise with housing associations on the best methods of recruiting for new schemes and to arrange briefings on how to set up a new ‘Watch’. There are also plans to work in partnership with sports organisations to engage with young people and promote the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch schemes more widely.   

Posted on Sunday 24th November 2013
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