Posted on 23rd October 2018
Plans are underway for three new Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the St. Augustines, Boythorpe and Birdholme areas of Chesterfield.
It’s after volunteers and diners at Gussie’s Kitchen told their local Police Community Support Officer about their concerns about safety and security.
PCSO Judith Cornwall, of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, then arranged for them to meet with Joye Dobbs, Project and Development Officer for Chesterfield and District Neighbourhood Watch.
Joye is now working to help set up the initiatives alongside members of the local community and with the help of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Neighbourhood Watches are small groups of residents who look out for signs of crime in their community and share information with each other and the police.
Members also receive advice on home security and coordinators can help other residents to tap into the support offered by other agencies.
PCSO Cornwall said: “Setting up a scheme in your area can help to both reduce and prevent crime, while helping people in the community feel safer in their homes.
“Neighbourhood Watch involves the police, community safety units of local authorities and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It can also help promote a community spirit.”
She added: “Please get in touch with Joye or myself if you would like to be involved.”
Gussie’s Kitchen is a social eating, community café which opens once a week at Saint Augustine’s Church, and volunteers cook homemade meals in return for donations.
For more information please contact Joye Dobbs, at the Chesterfield and District Neighbourhood Watch office on 0300 122 8526, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also get in touch with PCSO Judith Cornwall on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or by sending a message through the My Local Police pages of the website, www.derbyshire.police.uk.
If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, there’s a chance to find out more about the work of your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. Follow @ChesterfieldSNT on Twitter, or like their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChesterfieldTownCentreSNT.