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Police take community meeting to shoppers
3:53pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
POLICE officers were out in force today (Tuesday) as they took a community meeting to shoppers to talk about life in Crook.
Durham Police hold regular Police and Communities Together meetings across the force area, which allow people to voice their concerns, but Detective Inspector Paul Phillips came up with the idea of taking the events to residents.
He believes it is more convenient and gives officers an opportunity to have a presence in the town.
The event, which was held in the entrance of the Co-op, New Road, gave shoppers the chance to seek crime prevention advice, raise concerns and make suggestions on what they would like the police to be doing.
Improvements have already been made in the area over the last 12 months with the force highlighting all crime is down five per cent, house burglaries are down 25 per cent, other burglaries down 15 per cent, drug offences down 28 per cent and there being fewer victims.
“It is not just about informing people,” said DI Phillips. “It is also showing we are approachable and we want people to tell us the issues going on in the area.
“It is about coming together and them being our eyes and ears.”
Members of the public praised the idea and said it was a good to see officers out and about. Among the issues raised were concerns about anti-social behaviour, cold callers and gangs hanging around on the street.
As part of the event, officers brought along a car seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as part of Operation Sledgehammer.
DI Phillips said: “This is just one example of showing the work we are doing and what can happen. If they do something wrong, they won’t get away with it.”
Jane Spraggon, crime and justice commander, said: “This gives the police a chance to show what they are doing and also allows people to speak to them.
“It is good to see crime down but obviously there are still a number of community safety issues. We want to know about problems so we can deal with them.”
DI Phillips hopes to hold a similar event in Bishop Auckland shortly, although no date has been set yet.
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