Posted on 22nd January 2014
PC Parkinson and PCSO Cook with Dan Hopkinson, duty manager at Waitrose Buxton and the Neighbourhood Watch Support Group.
Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out into the community to support the local Neighbourhood Watch group as they were awarded a cash boost by local retailer.
The Buxton Neighbourhood Watch Support Group were handed a cheque for £245 as the local community chose to nominate them through the Waitrose Community Matters initiative.
Shoppers are given a token to vote for a charity or organisation that they want to receive a share of the £1000 donation.
PC Mark Parkinson and PCSO Linda Cook from the policing team visited The Springs Shopping Centre in Buxton on Friday, January 17 to watch the group being handed their cheque by the Waitrose duty manager.
PC Mark Parkinson from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We work in close partnership with the local Neighbourhood Watch group and without their help and assistance the community wouldn’t be as safe as it is now.
“It is great that their work has been recognised in the local community and that they have been awarded the money to keep up their great work in Buxton.”
Clive Downhill, who is the Buxton Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, said: “We are really grateful that we have been chosen by the community to be awarded with this cheque, it shows a great sense of community spirit.
“Our support group works well with the local Safer Neighbourhood team and it would be great to see the community getting more involved in the group; we are always looking for new volunteers.”
Anthony Grace, who chairs Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch, added: “It is fantastic to see the Neighbourhood Watch Support Group working closely with local officers to make a difference to the safety of the local community.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team or to find out more about setting up your own scheme, call police on 101.