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News : Police ‘Contact Centre' Hits Herefordshire's Roads
Herefordshire, UK, Oct 19, 2015 -- A mobile 'police contact centre' has hit Herefordshire's roads.
Funded by West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner, Bill Longmore, the vehicle will be used by Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) and partners to visit the county's market towns and villages.
The vehicle will then be used as a base to provide residents with crime prevention advice on a range of topics, particularly rural crime.
Superintendent Sue Thomas, who is leading the project, said: "We are really pleased with the new mobile contact centre.
"The branding has been designed to be easily recognisable and says to people living and working in rural areas that ‘Rural Matters’ to police and their partners.
"It will enable people to meet their local policing team and our partners within the community safety partnership, find out what is happening in their area and get the latest crime prevention advice and information on a range of issues from spotting cyber scams to protecting themselves against rogue traders.
"Instead of expecting people to come to our meetings, along with our partners we will go to more places where people come together, for example market days and community events."
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Barrie Sheldon, said rural crime has been identified by those living in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire as a priority for them.
"It [the project] will provide extra police visibility and reassurance, and being mobile, of course it allows the police, and others, to have that presence right across different areas," he said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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West Mercia Police, formerly known as West Mercia Constabulary, is the territorial police force responsible for policing the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire in England.
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015