08 July 2016
and Gillingham Home Watch Association (S&GHWA) has donated £3000 of
equipment as a legacy to their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), using
the last of their funds as they prepare to disband.
7 July 2016, Dorset Police officers from the Gillingham and Shaftesbury NPTs
attended the handover ceremony, along with North Dorset District Councillor
Andrew Kerby and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Colin Pipe.
Peters, former Chairman of S&GHWA, attended to present the equipment which
included a projector and screen for public presentation and community speed
watch equipment for training new teams.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Rob Chalkley, said: “We are extremely grateful to
S&GHWA for donating such a generous gift.
celebrate this generosity and the relationship we have built with these members
of our community, it also a day of great sadness as we see the group disband.
They have done an outstanding job and have worked hard to help us keep North Dorset
for a Watch group is a fantastic opportunity to meet your neighbours and work
together to prevent crime and keep homes safe. The groups keep community spirit
going and are a hugely valuable resource for the police.
survival of the groups is dependent on volunteers, so I would strongly
encourage Dorset’s residents to find out about Watch schemes in their areas.”
Dorset Police issued an appeal on behalf of S&GHWA, advertising vacancies
in the group and urging people to sign up. Unfortunately, the joint efforts
were unsuccessful in enhancing membership. The £3000 budget for this equipment
comprises the last of the group’s funds.
added: “It was written into our group’s constitution that, should we disband, any
remaining subscription fees would be donated to local police. We hope this
equipment helps the NPTs of Shaftesbury and Gillingham to engage with their
communities and offer important crime prevention advice.
“It has been
really great working with them, along with the other organisations that have
supported us. We certainly miss organising our annual Blue Light Days.
like to extend my gratitude to the members who have made up the group for the
last eight years. It is a great shame that community interest has been low in
recent years, when there is still work to be done to reduce crime and
anti-social behaviour in North Dorset.
is interested in restarting the S&GHWA, please contact your local NPT.”
Colin Pipe, commented: “The equipment which has been handed over today is a
clear sign of the strong working relationship between Dorset Police and Watch
disappointing to see S&GHWA no longer operating, but it is great that they
have been able to use their remaining funds to purchase this equipment.
products will help the team to engage with the wider community about policing
priorities and the issues residents experience in the area. I’d like to thank
Geoff Peters and the committee for their hard work.”
To find out
more information about Shaftesbury and Gillingham HomeWatch Association, visit
their website at: http://www.sghwa.org.uk/
To find out
if there is a Watch scheme in your local area or to set up your own group:
- Sign up to the Dorset Alert
messaging system at: https://www.dorsetalert.co.uk/
- Visit the national website at: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
- Contact your local NPT via the
Dorset Police website: https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/
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