L-R Sharon Matthews (ASB officer for Broxtowe Borough Council), Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland, Police Volunteer Ian Adcocks, Cllr Keith Longdon, with Beat Manager Ross Clarke and Inspector Deborah Regan.
With the spotlight this week on millions of volunteers who give up their time to help their communities, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire spoke today of the benefits of teamwork she saw at first hand during her walkabout in Eastwood.
Volunteer Ian Adcocks, together with two police officers, local councillors and the anti-social behaviour officer, accompanied Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland on her tour of the town yesterday (Monday, 1 June).
“I was so impressed with the calibre of support, educational and diversionary activities going on as part of the strong Police and Partner Agency work there,” Ms Cutland said.
“Although most categories of crime are going up in Eastwood, domestic violence is going down due to a good relationship with the local specialist provider, while youth club activities have helped to reduce anti-social behaviour.”
Ms Cutland, who also observed a drink aware programme focused on young people, commented: “Work like this can make such a huge difference to people both today and tomorrow.”
When visiting the local CVS, she was “struck by the huge amount of food parcels given out, indicating the high levels of poverty in the area.”
During the walkabout she was also updated on the work of substance misuse providers who are similarly based at the CVS – a central location that police officers feel is far more helpful than being based further afield.
Volunteer Week is an annual event taking place from June 1-7. It celebrates the contribution made by volunteers throughout the UK.
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Posted on Thursday 4th June 2015