Suffolk top cop Douglas Paxton and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tim Passmore will be going ‘on tour’ this year, visiting town centres across the county.
Beginning in the Easter holidays and continuing throughout the summer holidays, the Chief Constable and PCC will set up base with the mobile police station and be available for members of the public to speak about any issues.
Members of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will also be there to answer local queries, as well as Crime Reduction Officers and representatives from Suffolk Safekey.
Suffolk Safekey is the Constabulary key fob recovery and database service, which feeds money into the Safer Suffolk Foundation, supporting projects and organisations that look to address policing, community safety and quality of life issues for those people living and working in Suffolk.
The mobile police station will be open at each venue from 10am-3pm and the Chief and PCC will be present from 11am-2pm. All are welcome to go along and speak with the team about any policing or community issue.
Mr Paxton said: “We ran ‘Chief on Tour’ for the first time last year and I was really pleased with how well it was received. Lots of people visited us in every location to talk to me about a huge range of issues. This is a great way of me getting to the heart of our local towns and finding out what people think.
“Our communities tell us that they are very happy with the policing they receive in Suffolk and this is fantastic. There has been a great deal of organisational change for the Constabulary over recent years as we provide policing with a smaller budget, and I want to be available for people to speak to me about these issues and any others.
“It is great that Tim will be joining me this year and I would encourage all to come along to speak with us, as well as the local team.”
Mr Passmore said: “Public engagement is a crucial element of my role and I thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to get out to talk directly to people about the policing service they receive. This is a great chance to discuss any aspect of policing with me and the Chief Constable and I hope lots of people will come along to see us.
“The ‘on tour’ event is part of a wider public engagement programme which includes a series of public meetings across the county starting at East Bergholt on April 9th and my public surgeries which I hold on the first Monday of each month, details of all of these are on my website, www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk.”
The mobile police station will be open from 10am-3pm. The Chief and PCC will be present from 11am-2pm*. They will be visiting the following locations:
August 6: Bury St Edmunds, Arc Shopping Centre.
August 8: Newmarket – outside the Guineas Shopping Centre