Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has marked National Neighbourhood Watch by helping to re-launch the crime prevention movement on the Wirral today.
National Neighbourhood Watch Week is held every year on the week of the longest day with the aim of promoting the scheme to the general public and thanking its army of volunteers for their contribution. Neighbourhood Watch is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation with around six million members and this year’s theme for the awareness-raising week is Bigger, Safer, Friendlier.
To mark the occasion, Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined volunteers, representatives from Merseyside Police, Wirral Council and Merseyside’s Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Jeff Judge at a celebratory event at Woodchurch High School aimed at refreshing the scheme on the Wirral.
The event, organised by Jeff and the Wirral West Constituency team, provided a forum for existing members to meet and share news and ideas, as well as an opportunity for potential new members to come along and find out more about how the scheme works and the support available from Merseyside Police.
It also showcased some of the current initiatives supported by Neighbourhood Watch members, including enforcement initiatives and operations run by Trading Standards.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “As we celebrate National Neighbourhood Watch, I was delighted to join this event helping to reinvigorate the scheme on the Wirral.
“Neighbourhood Watch is a great example of local people giving up their free time to work with the police to build safer communities together. It not only helps to empower our residents, but also brings a sense of unity that together we can cut crime and protect each other.
“Nearly 2,000 schemes already exist on Merseyside and they are a fantastic demonstration of the power local people have to prevent crime and create better places.
“This week is an opportunity to thank everyone who invests their time and energy in the scheme and I hope today’s event will encourage even more people to sign up and get involved.”
Neighbourhood Watch encourages neighbours to look out for each other and helps residents and the police to guard against crime, vandalism and many other problems in the local community.
Through Neighbourhood Watch people across Merseyside can join local schemes which work together to protect their community and report suspicious people and incidents to the police.
Merseyside’s Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Jeff Judge said: “I am delighted that the PCC has agreed to join us to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch week in Wirral. It demonstrates the important role Neighbourhood Watch plays within our communities and also the continued support we have received from her office.
“This is a great opportunity for us to hear directly from Jane and it will also allow residents to provide their much valued feedback on local issues.”
Merseyside Police supports all of the region’s Neighbourhood Watch schemes, actively engaging with scheme leaders and committees.
Wirral Superintendent Tracy Hayes said: “We are delighted to be supporting Neighbourhood Watch Week and hope that this event encourages even more local people to get involved. Merseyside Police has a nominated point of contact within each neighbourhood, making sure you are fully supported every step of the way.
“We already have numerous successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes across Wirral and Merseyside, which make a big difference to the way we police local areas. The time and effort that local residents give to working with the police helps create a real sense of spirit and build stronger communities, so I would encourage anyone who is able to spare some time to get in touch.
“From crime prevention advice, sharing of information and reporting of incidents and concerns, you will be an important part of the team.”
The Force also support those wishing to set up new schemes, providing regular, structured help and guidance to help them become established and provide a specific corporate point of contact for advice and support.
Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “Neighbourhood Watch will be critical to the enhanced partnership approach we are delivering on Wirral to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. I commend all the individuals who give up their own time volunteering for Neighbourhood Watch coordinators or Special Constables, they are making Wirral a safer place.”
National Neighbourhood Watch Week started on June 18th and will run until Sunday, June 28th promoting the work of the organisation and highlighting the advantages of joining to potential new members.
If you are interested in finding out more about Neighbourhood Watch, please contact your local Citizens in Policing Coordinator by emailing [email protected]
or by phoning (0151) 777 4182