Chance to discuss 
policing priorities

Showing off some of the information and freebies on offer at the public engagement event in Tesco's in Sleaford, from left - PCSO Amy Michie, Community Safety Partnership Manager Heidi Ryder and PCSO Josh Fulker.

Showing off some of the information and freebies on offer at the public engagement event in Tesco's in Sleaford, from left - PCSO Amy Michie, Community Safety Partnership Manager Heidi Ryder and PCSO Josh Fulker.

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Shoppers in Sleaford had the chance to air their thoughts about policing priorities when Lincolnshire Police and its partners ‘set up shop’ in the town’s Tesco store.

Members of Sleaford Neighbourhood Policing Team and the district’s Community Safety Partnership held the public engagement event last week, which also saw a visit from the Asst Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Peter Davies.

The aim was to gather feedback about whether the public felt they were focussing on the right priorities, to raise awareness, offer advice and answer any questions the public may have about a whole range of policing and community safety issues.

This could be anything from offering no cold caller notices and posters on how to behave during Halloween to security marker pens and free light switch timers to deter burglars as the dark nights draw in earlier.

Heidi Ryder, manager of the Community Safety Partnership, told The Standard: “We are officially the lowest recorded crime area in the country and one of the reasons we feel that is because of a lot of work around crime prevention.

“This is an opportunity to learn about the priorities the police, council, fire and rescue and public health organisations are working on collectively to reduce and prevent crime.

“We are asking the public whether they agree with the existing priorities we are working on and whether they think there is something else we should be focussing our attention on as well.”

She said the team had received strong support for their priorities and good suggestions for what they should be looking at for the future.