South Yorkshire Police’s Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team were on-hand at the opening of the new public square at the Glassworks shopping and leisure precinct to help provide a “safe environment” for the public.
Officers from the NPT were assisted by Constables from the South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary as they took part in a “fantastic event” yesterday (Thursday 9 September) as residents and visitors could attend and “enjoy what the town has to offer”.
The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings was also in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as was Barnsley Central MP and Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and the Mayor of Barnsley Councillor Caroline Makinson.
While the speeches were made, officers mingled with the crowds and spoke to residents about any issues that concerned them across the town as the first retail units in The Glassworks also opened their doors to the public.
District Commander Chief Superintendent James Abdy was at the ceremony and said: “This is a fantastic event which showcases the investment in the town centre where people can come in to socialise, shop and enjoy what the town has to offer. I hope the people of Barnsley are incredibly proud of the investment being made and make sure they come and use these great facilities.
“We want people to feel safe while they do so, and that’s why we will have an experienced team based in a station in The Glassworks building, led by the Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Pete Spratt.”
Inspector Spratt added: “We want Barnsley to be a safe environment for people to come and enjoy the facilities and that’s why we have a presence in the heart of it and will have officers co-located with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) staff in The Glassworks as part of the ongoing Joining Forces partnership.
“We have an experienced team who know the area well and are here to protect both businesses and local residents as well as visitors to the town. So come and speak to us, ask us questions. We will be enhancing patrols with ongoing assistance from the Special Constabulary and in partnership with the Barnsley MBC wardens.”
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