Haverhill's Community Engagement Officer with a new regular column
Hello, I am Pc Cheryl Claydon, Community Engagement Officer for Haverhill, and in this new regular column I hope to give you a little insight into what your local officers have been working on.
My role is to build on local engagement opportunities with our aim of keeping residents in Haverhill informed of what we are doing.
I have a dedicated Facebook account to ensure residents are aware of and can take part in, events, campaigns.
So, a big thank you to all of you who completed our recent survey.
This revealed that just over 85 per cent of residents feel ‘quite’ or ‘very safe’ whilst out and about in their community, which is fantastic to hear, but we aspire to improve on this.
Amongst the 665 survey participants, preferred methods of engagement with police are firstly email, secondly social media and thirdly speaking directly to officers on patrol. Also worthy of note are the recommendations as to what police should be focusing on locally and the top five were:
- Drug dealing and associated criminality
- Vehicle crime
- Road safety
- Public engagement events
Meanwhile, we’ve recently hosted community engagement events at Hundon, Ousden, St Nicholas Hospice café, Great Bradley, Whepstead, St Mary's church café and East Town Park, where it was great to meet locals, talk to them and hear of their concerns and issued raised.
Elsewhere, our face-to-face sessions with the Emergency Service Cadets started back in November 2020 – for one week only and we will be doing virtual sessions until we can get back together. The cadets assist with fairs, carnivals and charity events. They also support the important work of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and they’re taught basic knowledge in a variety of police topics.
If you would like information on how to join email email@example.com
We have a new face joining the team in Haverhill from early December – Pc Adam Nightingale is joining the Safer Neighbourhood Team from the response team so we look forward to him supporting us in all we do to keep you all safe.
Finally, we will continue to play our part in helping to support communities with the ongoing Covid pandemic.
We will continue to police with common sense and sensitivity and where people refuse to abide by the rules we will take the necessary action.
We are all in this together and I would urge you to support each other.
Our continued efforts will hopefully lead to a merrier Christmas for us all and a happier New Year for everyone.
Until next time.