The Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team are hosting an exciting community event in Peartree where residents will be able to meet their local officers and share their views.
Taking place at Woodhall Community Centre in Mill Green Road on Sunday 22 May, residents will be able to drop in between 11am and 4pm and voice any concerns about local crime issues.
The officers will also be offering free bike-marking. This is something that police recommend as bike-marking makes them less attractive to thieves as they are harder to sell on.
As part of Operation Sceptre - the nationwide campaign to tackle knife crime which runs from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May – there will be a knife bin present within the centre where residents will be able to surrender any knives that they do not want or should not have.
Officers will also be issuing crime prevention advice to attendees and encouraging them to sign up to OWL (opens in new window), where they can receive messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people the local area.
With the constabulary committed to tackling violence against women and girls, there will be a stall manned by female officers giving out safety advice and personal alarms. Women and girls will also be able to share their feedback in a safety survey.
The Welwyn Hatfield Police Cadets will also be attending on the day. Hertfordshire’s cadets are young members of the community, aged between 13 and 18, that are involved in a wide range of activities and events. As well as learning about police procedures and the law, cadets play a vital role in community events, engaging with members of the public and educating them on crime prevention.
The officers will be joined by a huge variety of local partners and community groups:
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Hertfordshire County Council
The Prince’s Trust
GROW (community farm)
Forever Young People (youth group)
The Combination Club (local boxing club)
Sergeant Emma Francis (pictured), who leads the team, said: “Events like these are a great opportunity for residents to share their views face-to-face. This should be a fantastic day with lots on offer for residents. Don’t forget to bring along your bicycles! Bike-marking only takes a few seconds and can give you peace of mind.
“We’re delighted to be joined by so many local partners and I hope that residents gain a lot from the event. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of you there.”
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