As a member of Cheshire Police alert I am writing to you to make you aware of the benefits of Neighbourhood watch.
Neighbourhood watch is a national charity that supports and enables individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe, which increases wellbeing and reduces crime and the fear of crime.
Our ward based PCSO’s and PC’s support the schemes within their areas with regular crime updates and crime prevention advice.
Across Runcorn we already have a small number of NHW schemes in place but we would really like to see more residents get involved.
During the pandemic we have seen incredible community sprit within Runcorn where local people have really looked out for one another though such unprecedented and difficult times.
As we are now hopefully on the downwards slope towards coming out of restrictions it would be fantastic to see that community spirit transferred into brilliant schemes like neighbourhood watch.
It’s completely free to set up a scheme as a coordinator and it can be done via the Cheshire Police Alert site or by visiting www.ourwatch.org.uk alternatively there may be an existing scheme in your area you are not aware of, you can search for local schemes on the Our Watch website.
If you would like more information regarding neighbourhood watch you can contact your local PCSO via their social media channels or myself or
PCSO 22212 Paul Barker Message Sent By
Paul Barker (Cheshire Police, Runcorn LPU, Halton Brook PCSO)
We pleased to announce our February OUR NEWS newsletter is attached or can be read by clicking on this link. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.
This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign – a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.
In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.
With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to .
PCC Approves Police Budget To Improve Policing Across Cheshire
A budget which will allow Cheshire Police to continue to deliver a truly local community police service has been approved by police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane.
It follows a public consultation on policing priorities and funding in which 68 per cent of the 2,282 respondents said they would be willing to support a rise in the policing precept to help Cheshire Police invest in community policing and tackle serious and complex crime.
The commissioner has given his approval to the 2021/22 budget which will see increased investment in areas that Cheshire residents said were a priority for them in the consultation.
It is proposed that the policing precept – the element of council tax that pays for policing – will rise by £1.25 per month for the average Band D property (over 12 months) to help fund this year’s budget.
As well as allowing Cheshire Constabulary to enhance its community policing model, which sees a dedicated PC and PCSO for every area in Cheshire, the budget for 2021/22 will also allow:
The recruitment of an additional 88 police officers
Investment to bolster the recording and investigation of crimes, including serious and organized crime
Significant investment to tackle death and serious injuries on our roads, to support plans for further average-speed schemes on Cheshire’s most dangerous roads
Further investment in the Force Control Centre to bolster the service for callers to 999 and 101
Funding for the recently-developed Stalking and domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Team
PCC David Keane said: “I’m confident that this budget will allow us to continue to deliver a truly local police service which protects Cheshire residents and builds on the foundations that we have laid so far.
“I thank all those residents who responded to the survey or attended our online events to share their views.
“When the government announced its provisional funding settlement for Cheshire late last year, the chief constable advised me that, without a precept increase, Cheshire Police would be unable to maintain its existing level of service and would be unable to meet the additional operational demands and pressures that we face.
“In reaching my decision regarding the precept, I have carefully considered the views of the public, any government announcements, and the recommendations made to me by the chief constable.
“It is important to note that policing is still recovering from years of cuts and the demands we face continue to grow, both in volume and complexity. With the support of the public, however, we have been able to invest in our front line and I believe this budget will provide the chief constable with the resources needed to make our communities safer.”
The policing priorities consultation also provided Cheshire residents with the opportunity to state their policing priorities. Increased police visibility was the top priority, followed by dealing with serious and organised crime and then dealing with anti-social behaviour.
The consultation also asked respondents how safe they feel in their area, using a sliding scale from 1-10 with 10 being very safe and 1 very unsafe. 78 per cent of respondents rated how safe they feel in their area as ‘7’ or above.
Chief constable Darren Martland added: “I welcome the budget, which is necessary to develop and enhance our community policing model.
“It enables dedicated PCSOs and police officers to continue to work with communities to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and make our roads safer.
“The increase will also ensure that Cheshire Constabulary has the resources that are critical to tackle some of the complex challenges of serious and organised crime and provide the necessary technology to investigate online crime and abuse.
“We will prioritise the protection of vulnerable people and put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do and working with our partners and communities, will make Cheshire even safer.”
The Commissioner has written to the Police and Crime Panel to set out the precept increase and his budget ahead of its meeting next week where it will be discussed.
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Peter Caldwell (Police, Digital Media Manager, Corporate Communications)
Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is asking you what your policing priorities are as part of a new consultation.
PCC David Keane has launched an online survey to obtain the views of Cheshire residents to find out your priorities for policing and community safety.
As well as asking what your top priority for Cheshire Police is, he also wants to know how safe you feel in your area and if you would support a £1.25 per month increase to the policing precept element of council tax to address increasing pressures on Cheshire Constabulary.
If you would like to attend one of the virtual sessions please email your name and address, the date of the session you’d like to attend and your question for the commissioner or chief constable to Registration for each session closes 24 hours before it takes place. The link to join the sessions will be emailed to those registered shortly before each session.
Questions can also be submitted by those unable to attend the sessions to using the subject title ‘question’.
The consultation has been launched following the release of the government’s Provisional Police Funding Settlement which sets out local police budgets for the next financial year.
PCC David Keane said: “2020 was one of the most challenging years in living memory and I know that many of us are anxious about the future.
“The pandemic has shown us just how important policing and other key public services are when it comes to protecting our communities.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has also made the future financial position for policing even more challenging.
“Funding for Cheshire Police has been cut significantly by the government over the last decade. We have made more than £60 million of savings during this time, whilst striving to ensure this vital service remains effective.
“During this period, I’ve maintained my commitment to bring back real community policing to Cheshire. With the support of the public, I have been able to increase officer numbers to ensure every community in Cheshire has its own dedicated Police Constable and Police Community Support Officer.
“The funding referred to by the government is dependent on local residents paying more in council tax (£1.25 a month for the average Band D property) over the next year.
“The Chief Constable has confirmed that without this increase, Cheshire Police would be unable to maintain our existing level of service and that we would not be able to continue investing in a visible, truly local policing service that also addresses complex issues and serious and organised crime in our communities.
“As your voice in policing, I want to hear your views on this proposal and I want to know what your policing priorities are for the coming year.
“Please take the time to the complete the short survey and have your say.”
This month we have a look at how one group has tackled crime and disorder in Hackney, we introduce to you CrimeStoppers Domestic Abuse campaign #YouAreNotPowerless which launched on the 1st September, and Action Fraud’s anti-phishing campaign #MulletOver, which also launched on the 1st September.
In partnership with Avast we look at ways Cyberhood Watch is protecting our community.
We highlight and ask you to support some key events being held during September
The Countryside clean up on the 19th and 20th
Gas Safe Week running from 14th – 20th
And last but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that the Neighbour of the Year Awards, sponsored by Co-op Insurance is back for the 3rd consecutive year. Nominations open on the 21st September. Look out for more details on this coming soon.
Please find attached a stakeholder bulletin from David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, and Chief Constable Darren Martland, Cheshire Constabulary.
In this special ‘Community Policing’ edition, you will find an update regarding some significant changes to how we police our local communities, which will position Cheshire as a leading police service for delivering community policing.
As a valued stakeholder, we hope you find this update useful and we would encourage you to cascade the content throughout your local community.
Please may I request that you forward the stakeholder bulletin to your Parish/Town Councillors for information?