Peartree community event enjoyed by more than 100 residents
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A community event hosted by the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) was enjoyed by more than 100 residents last weekend.
Taking place at Woodhall Community Centre in Mill Green Road on Sunday 22 May, locals could drop in between 11am and 4pm to meet their local team
Free bike-marking was on offer and 26 people brought along their bicycles, taking up this opportunity. Bike-marking is recommended by police as it makes them harder to sell on and therefore less attractive to thieves.
An extra seven residents also joined up to OWL (opens in a new window), where they will now receive messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people the local area.
As part of the constabulary’s commitment to tackling violence against women and girls, there was also a stall run by female officers giving out safety advice and personal alarms. Female attendees were particularly encouraged to share their views in the new Feelings of Safety* survey.
The officers were also joined by a huge variety of local partners and community groups:
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Hertfordshire County Council
We Grow Community (community group)
The Combination Club (local boxing club)
Sergeant Emma Francis, who leads the Welwyn Hatfield SNT, said: “Helping the community is at the heart of what we do and so it was really great to come together with other community partners and speak to residents. It was a fantastic day for everyone and it was lovely seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they enjoyed the novelty of sitting in a police car! Events like these are so important in helping to build trust with children, as well providing useful information to our adult residents.
“Thirty-seven people also took the time to fill in an echo survey and this will help us with our patrol plans and knowing what to prioritise. Don’t forget, echo (our community voice platform) can be used anonymously at anytime and I encourage those who couldn’t make this event to submit their views on there.
“Finally, I would like to thank everybody who came along. There’s certainly a great sense of community spirit in Woodhall and Peartree and we will continue to do everything we can to help you and keep the area as safe as possible.”
You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns. Visit the following and tell us your thoughts:
*The six-question ‘Feelings of Safety’ survey will help officers identify matters of concern in the local area, so that they can understand what is important to residents, businesses and visitors in making them feel safe whilst out and about. You can give feedback about your local area via the following links: