New Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick was guest of honour at a special meeting of Sleaford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association in a bid to revive enthusiasm in the scheme.
The event also welcomed representatives of North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership, local authorities, the police and Fire and Rescue Service in an effort to maintain the district as the eightth safest in the country with Government emphasis on encouraging the community to do more to help as key.
The evening last week was led by Neighbourhood Watch Association chairman David Simpson of Heckington and saw talks, displays and a question and answer session for delegates.
Mr Hardwick talked about his proposed Police and Crime Plan, while Sleaford’s Inspector Mike Jones outlined policing policy, community cohesion and the roels of officers, including PCSOs.
Lincs Alert, a community messaging system run by Lincolnshire Police, was also highlighted. It acts as a tool for the police to give information to registered members, such as Neighbourhood Watch, on crime reduction, community safety issues and crime trends.
Members are also able to pass information to the police and Neighbourhood Watch members throughout the county and use it to communicate. Go to: www.lincsalert.co.uk.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was keen to work closely with Neighbourhood Watch to identify older and vulnerable residents who could benefit from a free home fire safety check and smoke alarm. Phone 01522 582222.
David Simpson explained that Neighbourhood Watch is probably more relevant now than for many years, even in a low crime area and needs to be more effective at communication with other bodies and be proactive.