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Cops' Co-op pop-up shop gets top marks from customers

Posted on 15th July 2013

Glossop shoppers can chat with their local officers about any issues or concerns they have as part of a new police “pop-up shop” scheme.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams across Glossopdale have started hosting 90-minute sessions in shops, starting with the Co-op store in Norfolk Street, Glossop.

The drop-in meetings are designed to give people the chance to raise concerns with officers and help set neighbourhood policing priorities for the teams to focus on for a number of weeks.

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Pictured (L-R) is police volunteer Brenda Smith, Glossop Co-op store manager Alan Argent and PCSO Lee Willows.

Pop-up shops, which are also a great way for residents to get crime prevention advice and more directly from police, will replace the quarterly governance meetings held by officers to set priorities.

The date and time of each session will be advertised in the store, letting people know exactly when officers will be present.

Inspector Jon Clark, who is in charge of policing in Glossop, said: “It’s vital that we are there to listen to the concerns of the public and the quarterly meetings we had previously held were just not convenient enough for them.

“These pop-up shops will be in busy areas that are easy to reach and that will give us a fantastic opportunity for us to be more accessible and to speak with as many people as possible.

“We want to hear from people about problems in their neighbourhoods, any concerns they have about crime, and any issues they think we should focus on.

“These pop-up shops will enable us to focus on the things that matter to people in Glossop and to give them more opportunities to speak with us at their convenience.”

The first pop-up shop, held in the Norfolk Street Co-op on Tuesday, July 9, was arranged along with store manager Alan Argent, who has agreed for a police desk to be stood in the coffee shop with the date and time of the next meeting advertised.

Sergeant Trevor Steed, who leads the Safer Neighbourhood teams, said: “We had a large number of people come and talk to us over a cup of tea and the response we had to the idea was great.

“The idea is for these sessions to pop up in shops across the area and with Alan’s help we got the project off to a great start.”

To find out more about the scheme or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101. 

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