Posted on 24th May 2018
Officers from the Allestree Safer Neighbourhood Team, our Police Service Volunteers (PSVs) and volunteering staff from PKF Cooper Parry accountants came together this week to offer residents crime prevention advice.
The joint team were in and around the Park Farm Centre in the Derby suburb on Wednesday, May 23.
Derbyshire police’s crime prevention officer, Kate Bowyer, explained: “The small team of PSVs have given up their time to be able to work with us on crime prevention projects.
“We were delighted to be joined today by the two employees from Cooper Parry who wanted to help with our efforts to re-assure the community with some simple crime prevention advice.”
The team patrolled the shopping centre and local streets meeting residents and distributing advice on how to prevent becoming victim of fraud and other forms of crime.
Laura Hill and Paul Hayes work at the Cooper Parry offices in Castle Donington and were volunteering their time as part of a scheme that allows staff to volunteer to help in the community.
Laura, People Engagement Manager at Cooper Parry, said: “Our firm supports and encourages our people to give back to the community. It’s part of CP’s philosophy to ‘make life count’ where we recognise that having a proper work life balance is paramount and that happy workers ultimately lead to happy clients.”
“This is the first time we have worked with the police but we are both really excited to be out and about, meeting residents and helping to make them feel more re-assured by giving out some simple crime prevention advice.”
Sergeant Keith Chambers, who is in charge of the policing Safer Neighbourhood team in Allestree, said: “Allestree is a very safe and pleasant place to live, however this was a great opportunity to try and keep it that way by meeting local people and giving them some helpful tips and advice.
“I am really grateful to the PSVs and the volunteers from Cooper Parry for giving up their time to help the community in this way.”
For more information on volunteering opportunities with Derbyshire police visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/careers