Jack Dromey MP visited Worcester as part of his consultation event visits in which he examines the huge importance of Neighbourhood Policing in local communities.
PCSO Alun Jones, Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey MP,
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester Joy Squires & Inspector Jane Francis
Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey MP joined Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester Joy Squires at The Hive on Thursday 23rd January 2014. He was welcomed by members of the local community, representatives of the University, and the police.
Jack Dromey MP heard about the new community policing scheme at the University of Worcester, which involves the University paying for two Police Community Support Officers, based at the St John’s campus, who work across the University at the City campus and The Hive in Worcester.
PCSOs Alun Jones and Natasha Harris respond to concerns about noise and behaviour, tackle issues around parking, and advise students on personal safety and the safety of their property.
Jack Dromey MP says that the new scheme is a “great example of how the University of Worcester is taking seriously its responsibilities towards the community of which it is part. The scheme is one of the first in the country.”
A key success has been the development of a ‘good neighbour’ charter, which will be rolled out to Letting Agencies across the city by the new Labour-run City Council.
Jack Dromey MP continued:
We know that neighbourhood policing, rooted in local communities and with local people having their say, is the most effective policing you can get. With 20% cuts to police budgets, front line neighbourhood policing is under threat in many places.
“This project is a good example of working in partnership to be able to tackle the issues that concern communities most.”
Speaking after the visit, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester Joy Squires said:
“I know from talking to students, local residents and PCSOs Alun Jones and Natasha Harris that this project is having a positive impact in the city.
I was very pleased to be able to show that Worcester is leading the way with this innovative approach to community policing.”