Alan Charles and Phil Marriott
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles walked the local beats in Swadlincote town centre today (Thursday, March 28), answering questions from shoppers and businesses about the plans he has made for bringing down crime.
He toured the town, including the new Pipeworks retail and leisure development, busy farmers' market and 2020VISION photography exhibition, with representatives from the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership. And after his walkabout he joined members of the public for a question and answer session in the Town Hall.
Mr Charles commented: "I am always struck by the thriving ‘can do' approach in Swadlincote with partners and volunteers coming together to help make the area safer for everyone.
"This was altogether a great opportunity to meet local people to discuss their policing issues and expectations. It also meant that I could see at first hand the extensive work undertaken to make the town a more prosperous place to live, work and visit and the benefits this has brought."
Mr Charles heard that since the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership secured £50,000 of funding to install CCTV cameras in the High Street, Rinkway Passage, West Street, Delph public square and Civic Way in 2010, complaints about antisocial behaviour have decreased dramatically.
He was given an overview of the digital Alert Box Scheme, which allows shops and businesses to send out warning messages or raise the alarm at the touch of a button. Traders revealed how this, together with the Business Watch scheme, allows shops to easily communicate.
Phil Marriott, Community Engagement Officer for the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, said: "It was really nice to welcome the Commissioner into Swadlincote and show him first hand the giant strides that have been made here over recent years.
"Alert Box is helping to reduce low level crime and anti-social behaviour and along with the Business Watch scheme it is playing a significant role in building a stronger and closer business community where everyone looks out for each other.
"This was a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work by businesses and the partnership to help the town blossom and flourish."
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Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013