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Colchester’s Community Policing Team are again inviting local residents to join them on foot patrols this spring and summer.
Following the success of last year's initiative, when more than 80 people joined patrols and 300 locals spoke to officers during the events, Colcestrians will get the opportunity to Stroll with a Patrol in every ward in the district.
There are 42 events scheduled on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 6pm from now until the beginning of September.
The one-hour walks will be a chance for members of the public to get to know their local officers, point out any places they feel unsafe or highlight problems they feel need bringing to police attention.
Inspector Stuart Austin said his team want to build on the positive impact of last year and that officers will now be taking immediate action to solve the issues raised.
He said: “We want to reach as many people as we can. Last year was great as we were joined by local councillors and members of NHS neighbourhood teams, and we had lots of feedback from people locally.
“People told us about areas that were overgrown and didn’t feel as safe, so we worked with the council to solve that issue. We also did a lot of work to combat speeding.
“This year, we’re running on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, we’re visiting every ward again, and the officers will get to work on the problems they’ve been told about straight after the stroll.
“I’m really keen for the CPT to be visible and for people to know the faces and names of their local officers and build those personal connections.
“We want people to take us to places they feel unsafe and tell us what concerns them. It’s about giving people a voice in their community and bringing communities together with their policing team to solve problems.”
There will be a PC and a Police Community Support Officer at every event and once again they will be joined by partners from the local council, housing associations, the NHS and neighbourhood wardens.
Even if the problems raised aren’t the direct responsibility of the police - such as overgrown trees or lack of streetlighting - Insp Austin said his team will help by using their links within the Community Safety Partnership.
He is also hopeful that the strolls will encourage communities to come together to discuss issues.
“It’s an opportunity to talk to your community and neighbours about your issues and find out what the police can do to help,” he added.
The events start tomorrow, Wednesday 19 April, in Greenstead at the Hunwicke shops.
Schedule (all 6pm starts):
19th Greenstead - Hunwicke shops
23rd Queen Street - Cinema
26th Highwoods - Oak Tree Coffee House
30th Stanway - Stanway Community Hall, Villa Road
3rd North Station Road - Victoria Inn
7th West Bergholt - Orpen Village Hall
10th The Willows - shops
14th Wivenhoe - Co-Op
17th Tiptree - Tesco
21st St James’ Primary School
24th Mile End - New Co-Op
28th St Michaels - Costcutter
31st St Helen’s Chapel, Maidenburgh St
4th The Hythe Community Centre
7th Head Street – Odeon cinema
11th White City – Willow Brook Primary School
14th Pretty Gate – The Commons Co-Op
18th Priory Street – St James the Less and St Helen Church
21st St Johns - St Christopher Road shops
25th St Marys Estate - Balkerne Gate
28th Greenstead Community Centre
2nd New Town - Wimpole Road Co-Op
5th Colchester Police Station
9th Great Horkesley Village Hall
12th Rowhedge Village Hall
16th Marks Tey Village Hall
19th Old Heath - Speedwell Road play park
23rd Christchurch - Creffield Medical Centre
26th Great Tey Village Hall
30th West Mersea - MICA
2nd Red Lion Walk
6th Monkwick - Queen Elizabeth Way shops
9th Castle Park - Castle entry
13th Dedham – Co-Op
16th Shrub End – Co-Op Icine Way
20th Sheepen Road - Starbucks
23rd Mile End - Old Co-Op
27th Leisure World
30th Chapel and Wakes Colne Village Hall
3rd Layer de la Haye Village Hall
6th Culver Square
10th Abberton and Langenhoe Village Hall
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