The Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, attended the opening of a new police contact hub which based at Helsby Community Sports Club. The club have welcomed the police presence following increased reports of anti-social behaviour. They believe it will provide reassurance to local residents.
Anti-social behaviour has a devastating impact on communities and Helsby Sports Club are keen to tackle the issue and provide support to local residents. Local police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are welcome to use the building to host surgeries, complete paperwork and meet residents.
John Dwyer, said:
"As well as the visible effect anti-social behaviour has the on the community, that we see in vandalism or criminal damage, there are also hidden consequences such as the financial impact of repairs or security investments and of confidence felt by the residents going about their day-to-day life.
"I believe that forming positive relationships between the community and the local police are key to preventing and tackling anti-social behaviour. By providing the local policing team with an additional location to work from, this allows residents to feel a more prominent policing presence as well as making their local officers even more accessible."
Sean Parry, PCSOr for Cheshire Constabulary, said:
"I am looking forward to working from the community sports hub as it will allow me to be more accessible to the local community. This will also allow me to spend more time on my beat, dealing with the concerns that matter most to the residents of Helsby."
Simon Greensmith, General Manager at Helsby Community Sports Hub said:
"Our overall approach is to make the club an integral part of our community, such that the community feels proud of the facilities we are providing. Critical to this approach is to be able to invest in bigger and better facilities rather than replace existing ones following incidents of anti-social behaviour.
"As such we are confident that the police presence will reduce any anti-social behaviour but also re-enforce the message that the club is at the heart of our community."
Cheshire Police can still be contacted via 101 or 999 in an emergency, reports can also be made on their website.
To find out about your local policing team, visit the Cheshire Police website: www.cheshire.police.uk/area/your-area/ http://www.cheshire.police.uk/area/your-area/
For more information about Helsby Community Sports Club, visit their website: www.helsbysports.co.uk http://www.helsbysports.co.uk