There’s still time to get involved in Barnsley’s Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
Following a successful launch event held at the Town Hall earlier this month, with almost 200 people attending to find out more, officers and volunteers from the NHW schemes will be hosting local follow up events over the coming weeks.
Those who still want to get involved will be able to find out about what the scheme involves and how they can help officers tackle issues affecting local communities.
PC Ross Greenwood, who ran the event at the Town Hall, which saw the Chief Constable, Police and Crime Commissioner and the Mayor of Barnsley attend, said he was thrilled with how the event went.
“The turnout at the event was excellent, with almost 200 people coming to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Barnsley. This is exactly what we were hoping for, so that we could explain just how valuable it is, and continue to raise awareness around it.
“We’ve since had a number of enquiries from members of the public who are keen to get involved and set up new watch schemes. These people will be contacted over the coming weeks and a meeting set up with the area chair. After that time, they’ll be supported by the organisation and local neighbourhood team to set up the new watch.
“Keeping this programme alive in Barnsley is really important to both us and to local residents and so I’m pleased with how the latest event was received, it’s helping to create better communities across the borough.
“There’s still time to find out more though, and about how you can get involved, as we’ll be hosting a number of follow up events across Barnsley, for those who couldn’t make it to the event earlier this month.
“If you want to find out how you can help us tackle crime, and the issues that matter most to you, I’d urge you to come along to one of these events to see exactly how important Neighbourhood Watch schemes are and what exactly they entail. Running a scheme doesn’t need to be time consuming and you might already have unofficial schemes on your street already; come along to make it an official watch and get all the benefits that come with it.”
The events will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday 27 June, 12-2pm, Cheapside, Barnsley town centre
Saturday 30 June, 10am-12.30pm, Tesco, Penistone
Sunday 1 July, 12.30-3.30pm, Locke Park, near the café area
Friday 13 July, 10.30-3pm, Cudworth Fire Station
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