Witham: Getting back into our communities
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We’re getting back into our communities alongside our partners and talking to residents about your concerns.
Today, Tuesday 10 August, Police Community Support Officers Claire Beverly and Stacie Williams were in Witham Town Park to meet people and provide them with fraud prevention, online safety and other crime prevention advice.
They even gave out colouring sheets of retired police dog Baloo to young children who were at Braintree Council’s Xplorer orienteering and community engagement event.
Claire and Stacie were joined by the district council’s community team, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Community 360, Livewell in Essex and United in Kind.
“We wanted to let people know we are back out here. It’s been a long time since COVID and we’ve all been shut away.
“We were letting the children know who we are and that, if they’ve got a problem or they’re lost, we are friendly and they can come and talk to us.
“And we’ve been engaging with parents as well to ask whether they’ve got any problem– – just letting people know we are here.
“The day went really well. We met lots of people and spoke to lots of children. Fraud and online safety were the main things people wanted to talk about today.”
Police Community Support Officer Stacie Williams
As well as residents, Claire and Stacie also talked to local councillors and heard their ideas to help people and keep them safe.
Among them was newly-elected Witham town councillor and teaching assistant Sindhu Rajeev, a former head teacher, who wants to help young people in the town.
“I’ve watched youngsters roaming around aimlessly, doing things they shouldn’t be doing but they could be using that same energy to do something for the community.
“All the children are talented, they could use that talent and use it for the community in a better way.
“I want to work with the police so we can get in touch with the children who are not doing very nice things outside. Maybe we can guide them to do better things and use what they know and their talents to help the community. They are the best people to take our community forward and make this town a better place.”
Witham town councillor Sindhu Rajeev
“The pandemic made it difficult to see our community face to face and interact with them, so to be able to run these events again with our partners, such as Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Witham Town Council, Community 360 and United in Kind gives us a brilliant opportunity to interact with residents and talk to them directly.
“We work closely with Essex Police to ensure the safety of our residents and events such as this mean we can provide advice and get feedback on their biggest concerns.”
Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism at Braintree District Council
The next Xplore and community engagement event is planned from11am to 1pm on Tuesday 17 August in Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9AE.
Do come along and talk to members of the Braintree Community Policing Team if you have issues which are concerning you.