Sunday, 15 May 2011

Meeting up with our local beat officer

Today I along with my fellow Labour Councillors Dave Everitt and Ray Woodward went to Thringstone Green to meet up with PC James Broomfield, our local beat officer for Thringstone.

James conducts regular beat surgeries in prominent locations within the area where local people can meet up with him to discuss concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and other police matters within the village.

Normally James has the use of a 'mobile office', i.e. a van! But unfortunately today it was off the road and so we had to make the most of sitting in the back of a police car - my first time, honest!

In any event James was able to appraise us of current police issues in and around Thringstone, most notably a spate of fires in Grace Dieu woods, and provide reassurance that action was being taken to catch, educate and where appropriate take enforcement action against the culprits.

Clearly these fires are being set by young people who predominantly need to understand the actual and possible implications of their actions.

It's clear that the Police are working with partner agencies, ie. Fire Service and Local Authorities to prevent further incidents which are both dangerous and a costly burden on local taxpayers.

James is always happy to meet up with local people, and if you don't encounter him when he is out on the beat you can always visit one of the upcoming surgeries.

The next scheduled surgeries for Thringstone are:

July 17th from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on The Green

September 14th from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on The Green

November 3rd from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on The Green

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