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Bravo Juliet – South Marston PCSO honoured at police awards

Logo of Wiltshire PoliceFrom Swindon Advertiser:

THE valuable community work carried out by volunteers, police officers and Police Community Support Officers across Wiltshire and Swindon has been recognised today at the first Neighbourhood Policing Awards presentation in Devizes.

The awards were set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson.

Mr Macpherson had been due to address the invited audience and present the awards. But he is recovering in the Royal United Hospital in Bath after collapsing a week ago whilst on an official engagement in Trowbridge. In his absence, the awards were presented by the Chief Constable Pat Geenty.

Mr Geenty was a member of the judging panel together with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott, Swindon Council chief executive Gavin Jones, High Sheriff Peter Addington and Mr Macpherson.

Kieran Kilgallen, chief executive of the Office of the PCC, told the gathering: “If Angus was here today I am sure he would be telling you just what an important part volunteers play within the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon.

“Volunteering is something which Angus holds dear and being a volunteer himself in his very limited spare time he knows how fulfilling such work can be.

Angus has been quite clear since being elected to office that volunteers have a huge role to play in helping him achieve the priorities he set out in his Police and Crime Plan.

“It is the Commissioner’s belief that we, the residents of Wiltshire and Swindon, have to play an active part in our communities. So, for example, he has been extremely keen to encourage the development and growth of various watch schemes such as Community Speed Watch and Neighbourhood Watch.

“In other words, he believes what Robert Peel, the founder of British policing, said: ‘The police are the public and the public are the police’.

“The Commissioner feels that the awards will draw attention to the good work that is done by volunteers. That attention should then hopefully motivate other people into stepping forward and giving some time to their community. The other benefit of the awards is that they provide an opportunity to recognise and applaud some of the excellent work that goes on.

“This is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week and charities and organisations across the country are taking the opportunity to thank the army of people who by, willingly giving their time, truly make a difference.

“Within the Constabulary, volunteers are to be found in various guises; some wearing the uniform of the Special Constable and patrolling our streets; others wearing a high vis jacket as members of their local Community Speed Watch.

“Then there are those who are largely unseen such as Neighbourhood Watch volunteers or the Independent Custody Visitors who visit custody units unannounced to check on the welfare of detainees.”

Mr Geenty expressed his delight that Mr Macpherson was making progress in hospital and praised the Commissioner for his initiative in setting up the awards and said they shared a commitment to harness the potential that volunteers have to offer.

PCSO Juliet Evans won the PCSO of the year award.

Nominated by South Marston Parish Council, the Judging Panel felt that Juliet was a worthy winner of this award Juliet is supportive of local initiatives, for example Community Speed Watch, accompanying the team on many occasions, even those outside her normal working hours.

Juliet holds meetings regularly with the communities to which residents are invited to discuss any problems or difficulties they may have, particularly those concerning potential criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.

She gives her support willingly to the Swindon Salamander Programme for Down’s Syndrome children.

Often patrolling her areas on foot or on her bicycle, she has been known to choose to walk from Highworth to South Marston, ending at Gablecross Police Station, a distance of some five miles.

She is very active in providing helpful information to the Neighbourhood Watch network in the village. During Action Week 2011, she persuaded the Swindon Community Safety Partnership to arrange for their community bus to visit South Marston for bicycle and saddle marking and registration under the Horse Watch scheme.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team of the Year award went to Swindon Town Centre, Broadgreen NPT, who were nominated by Broad Street Area Community Council and in recognition of the support and encouragement given by the local team to the community as a whole.

The team have shown that with time, understanding and patience, getting to know people and different groups, and by encouraging integration and breaking down barriers, they have helped to make the area a better place to be.

They have a good understanding of community and people, and engage with all members of the community; they are always willing to take part in community events and projects with both older and younger residents.

As a result, crime and disorder in the area has been noticeably reduced.

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Police Meetings – April and May 2014

Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team  

We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided below.

Venue Date Time
Castle Eaton Village Hall     03/04/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Castle Eaton Village Hall     22/05/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Blunsdon Village shop     24/05/2014 09.00-10.00 am
South Marston Village Hall     10/05/2014 11.00-12.00 am
Stanton Fitzwarren Village Hall     24/05/2014 12.00-01.00 pm
Hannington Jolly Tar Pub     13/05/2014 07.00-08.00 pm
     

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us via Wiltshire Police non-emergency telephone number 101 or our email address swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Community Beat Manager PC Marc Jackson

Police Community Support Officer Juliet Evans

 

Wiltshire Police Update – Focus on Garden Crime

Logo of Wiltshire PoliceOver the past few weeks there have been a number of reported thefts from gardens in villages around Highworth. On 28th November and 12th December, saddle stones were taken from Sevenhampton. On 18th December a post-box (which is a 4ft high metal plinth with a concrete dove cot on top) was taken from Inglesham.

Please be aware of suspicious vehicles or persons taking a interest in garden ornaments or furniture. If you have any informaon regarding the thefts, please contact PC 1945 Jackson on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

General garden security advice includes:

  • When planting, put heavy stone in the bottom of pots or planters to make them more difficult to be moved.
  • If possible, anchor valuable garden ornaments or furniture to the ground and keep a photographic record to help officers to trace items back to their owner.
  • Security mark items in your shed and any valuable items that might be in your garden.
  • Make sure your shed is secure, that there are no panels which could be easily damaged and fit good quality locks and an alarm.
  • Consider securing items such as ladders, bikes or large power tools in your shed by chaining them to a strong anchor point.
  • Put all your tools and any children’s bikes or outdoor toys securely away once they are finished with.
  • Planting bushes with prickly leaves or thorns close to any entry points could deter a potential thief. A gravel pathway or driveway can also act as a good deterrent.
  • Consider installing outdoor moon-sensor security lights.
  • If you are away on holiday, ask your neighbours or a friend to keep an eye on your home and garden.

Commissioner consulting on police and crime element of council tax

_61912993_angus-portrait-webPolice and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is consulting on the police and crime element of council tax for 2014-15.

The Commissioner is considering an increase in the police and crime element of council tax of £3.15 a year for the average home (band D property). This to help reduce the impact of significant central government grant reductions on policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon.

An average increase of £3.15 per household would provide the Commissioner with an additional £740,000 of local income for 2014-15. It would still be the lowest council tax rate for police and crime services in the south west. Looking ahead three years to 2016-17, a proposed increase of £3.15 a year would reduce the potential funding shortfall by £2.3 million, meaning that savings of £12.5 million would be required rather than £14.8 million. Since the start of the austerity period, savings of more than £10 million have already been made.

Mr Macpherson said: “During the past few months we have been reviewing the budget very carefully and it is clear that as central government funding continues to reduce more and more, we have to look at a small increase in the police and crime element of council tax. The council tax rate for policing and crime services in our area has not increased for the past three years and it will still be the lowest in the south west. I do believe people will be willing to pay just a little bit more a year towards sustaining high quality policing and crime services in the county, especially neighbourhood policing. Ensuring value for money for residents in Wiltshire and Swindon while maintaining high quality services is very important to me. That is why we are embracing new ways of working smarter across the public sector, working with other PCCs and police forces in the south west and local partners. As public sector budgets continue to be cut, the aim is to work more effectively together to both improve customer service and reduce costs.”

The current rate of police and crime council tax for an average band D home in Wiltshire and Swindon is £157.77. This would increase to £160.92 under the proposal.

The consultation will run from Monday 6 January 2014 – Monday 3 February 2014. During this time the Commissioner and members of his office will be attending Wiltshire Council Area Boards and Swindon Borough Council Locality meetings to talk with people about the proposal.

People can also read more about the proposal and give their views on the Commissioner’s website.

Parish and town councils and chambers of commerce will too be informed about the consultation.

Mr Macpherson will be speaking with the Police and Crime Panel about the proposal at a meeting due to take place in Swindon on Wednesday 15 January.

The panel are then due to meet again on Thursday 6 February where the Commissioner will formally give his proposal to the panel.

Police Meetings – January/February 2014

Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team – Police Meetings 

We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided below.

Venue Date Time
Castle Eaton Village Hall 23/01/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Castle Eaton Village Hall 06/02/2014 10.00-11.00 am
Blunsdon Village shop 04/01/2014  08/02/2014 09.00-10.00 am
South Marston Village Hall 08/02/2014 11.00-12.00 am
Stanton Fitzwarren Stanton Park 04/01/2014 02.00-03.00 pm
Hannington Jolly Tar Pub 28/01/2014 07.00-08.00 pm

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us via Wiltshire Police non-emergency telephone number 101 or our email address swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Community Beat Manager PC Marc Jackson

Police Community Support Officer Juliet Evans

A Message from Wiltshire Police – BRAKE ROAD SAFETY WEEK 18th – 24th November 2013

Your local neighbourhood police team would like to inform you of action being taken in your area with regards to a national awareness campaign.

Road Safety Week is the UK’s largest road safety event, coordinated annually by “Brake”, the road safety charity  and involves thousands of participants. This year it takes place between 18th – 24th November 2013, and the main theme is ‘Tune in to Road Safety’, highlighting the risks to the general public of being involved in a road traffic collision as a result of being distracted. This national event looks at raising the awareness levels of such risks to all road users – vehicle drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK. Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis and requires full attention, but many drivers have a sense of over-confidence, so attempting to multi-task is common. Research demonstrates that reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone are 30% worse than for driving under the influence of alcohol at the legal limit. However, around a third of drivers contravene the law regarding the use of mobile phones whilst driving. Other distracting activities such as eating or smoking at the wheel have also been shown to increase the risk of crashing, yet lots of drivers admit to doing this. Distraction isn’t just an issue for drivers. For people on foot or on a bicycle, being sidetracked by a mobile telephone, or not being able to hear due to listening to music, or forgetting to hold a child’s hand, can be lethal.

Certain age groups possess intrinsic vulnerabilities. For instance a recent study revealed an 11-year-old pedestrian is 3 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured during school run time than a 10 year old.  Pedestrian casualty rate for girls in particular rises steeply from the age of 11.  By age 12 nearly 73% of children have a mobile phone.  More significantly, they use their mobile phone functions much more than younger children do.  Because of this, 25% acknowledge that they themselves have been distracted by personal technology when crossing a road.

During the 18th – 24th November 2013 the local NPT officers will be conducting patrols of the roads and streets around local schools and advising the community on the issues raised above. We thank you for your co-operation in this campaign.

Pc 1945 Jackson / PCSO 6236 Evans

Community Beat Manager, Rural North

Rural North NPT, Newburgh Place, Highworth. SN6 7DN

Telephone: 101

Email: marc.jackson@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police – Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team

Swindon Rural North Beat

A message from CBM Marc Jackson and PCSO Juliet Evans

We are your dedicated policing team who work with the community and partner agencies to address concerns raised by you.

POLICE MEETINGS- September/October 2013

Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime using the contact details provided.

Venue Date Time
Stanton Fitzwarren Village Hall

 

25/10/2013 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Castle Eaton Village Hall 19/09/2013 10.00am – 11.00am

 

Blunsdon Village Shop 21/09/2013

 

 

9.00am – 10.00am

 

Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. If you need to speak with one of the team before the dates above please contact us on the following email address: – swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk  or via the Wiltshire police non-emergency phone number 101.

Remember in an emergency always dial 999.

To find out more about Wiltshire police visit www.wiltshire.police.uk – click on ‘policing in your area’.