Posted on 22nd February 2013
Spondon shoppers were able to benefit from personal security items and safety advice this week when a community safety event was held at the Spondon Asda superstore.
Officers from Spondon Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team held the event on Thursday, February 21 at the store, where members of the Safer Spondon Group and an officer from the Roads Policing Unit supported them.
Over 50 people stopped by and availed themselves of safety products from the Safer Spondon Group or gained helpful advice from the officers.
Youngsters were particularly impressed with the police car used by PC Matt Walker from the Road Policing Unit, especially when they were allowed to sit in it and try on a police hat and jacket.
PCSO Kate Bannister from the team said:” The response to the event was great despite the biting cold temperature.
“All the people spoken to were given information and advice whether it was on personal safety or security advice for their homes.
“We will be back here again at the store with hopefully warmer weather, but please contact our team if you have any issues in relation to local policing."
Sue Miller and Corinne Eyre from the Safer Spondon Group were based inside the entrance of the store and were offering Smartwater kits and personal safety items at a reduced price.
Sue said:” We are a subgroup of the Neighbourhood Board for Spondon and try to support our local officers where possible.
“We are a non-profit organisation as the money we make from any products we sell goes straight back into the pot to buy more and this enables our community to obtain decent products at a reasonable price.”
Annette Hoggam a Community Life Colleague for Asda said: "This is a great idea from the Spondon policing team and we welcome it at Asda. It’s excellent for the community to see their local officers and really good for the children to see what a police car is like inside.”
For more information about your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call: 101