Rolling out of a new way to tackle crime

CELIA WIGG Safer Neighbourhoods Teams were officially launched in south Norfolk this week to mark a new era in the way the police and other agencies work together to tackle local issues and concerns.

CELIA WIGG

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams were officially launched in south Norfolk this week.

It marks a new era in the way the police and other agencies work together to tackle local issues and concerns.

Diss and Loddon are the first of eight groups to be established across the district between now and the end of September.

With some 30 teams already in operation in the west and east of the county, the launch of the central Norfolk teams is the final stage in the implementation of the nationwide initiative in the county.

Insp Adam Hayes, who commands the south Norfolk sector, said: "Closer partnership working and neighbourhood policing are key elements of the government's drive to help build neighbourhoods that not only are safe but also feel safe.

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"Compared to other parts of the country, Norfolk is a safe place to live and it's important that we provide reassurance.

"It's about setting up community-based teams to work together with local people to tackle those issues which affect quality of life - things such as criminal damage and anti-social behaviour."

Each team will form a Safer Neighbourhoods Action Panel (SNAP) and regular public meetings will be held to discuss local issues and identify three key priorities.

The initiative has been welcomed by district councillors.

Tony Palmer said. "This is a welcome progression from the earlier community meetings held in Diss in which residents were able to express and discuss their concerns with the police and South Norfolk Council."

Colin Gould, who represents Loddon, added: "I welcome this initiative and will do all I can to make the SNAP an effective tool in tackling problems in our area."

August will see the launch of the Harleston and Bowthorpe-Costessey teams, with September earmarked for those at Wymondham, Hethersett-Mulbarton, Poringland and Long Stratton.

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