CHESHIRE Police have launched a new approach to community policing, which will see dedicated police officers assigned to each of the county’s 122 policing areas to tackle crime and support communities.
In the Warrington area, a total of 46 community officers will be deployed at 23 centres. The initiative has been developed by Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane who is striving for Cheshire to be the leading police service for delivering community policing. It builds on the already successfully delivered initiative to provide a dedicated PCSO and police-community base for each area.
The new community police officers will work with their fellow PCSO, the wider policing team, and key partners to build relationships within the community, sharing the same mission to solve problems at their root-cause before they become more serious.
They will spend more time in the heart of their dedicated communities and be given time to deal with issues that matter most to local residents.
Another benefit of the changes is local residents will have more opportunities than ever before to directly contact their officers – either online, through social media, or face-to-face during police surgeries.
The work of the new community policing teams will be supported by a funding package for each community, made available from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act..
This will consist of a £1,000 funding pot for all 122 communities and an additional £10,000 for all eight policing units that local people can bid for to deliver projects which work with the local policing team and key partners to address specific issues.
There will be regular community policing surgeries in the Warrington area and funding for the local community.
The community officers for the Warrington area are:
Town centre: PC Kerry Barber, PCSO Colin Blanchard, based at the Gateway in Sankey Street.
Fairfield and Howley: PC Lyndsey Travis, PCSO Janet Price, based at the Old School, Fairfield Street.
Latchford East: PC Leanne Horne, PCSO Rob Gallagher, based at Warrington Town FC.
Latchford West: PC Emma Pitt, PCSO Stephen Blake, based at St Werburgh’s Community Hub.
Bewsey and Whitecross: PC Donna Stevens, PCSO Hannah Shaw, based at Whitecross Community Centre.
Birchwood: PC Gareth Frith, PCSO Stephen Bingham, based at Birchwood Library.
Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft: PC Phillip Greaves, PCSO Darren Samuel, based at Culcheth Library.
Poulton South: PC Matt Hankin, PCSO Tom Murphy, based at Fearnhead Community Centre’
Rixton and Woolston: PC Alison Edwards, PCSO Bethan Roberts, based at Woolston Neighbourhood Hood.
Burtonwood and Winwick: PC Simon Dadswell, PCSO Neil Brown, based at Burtonwood Library.
Great Sankey North: PC Jacqueline Starkey, PCSO Michelle Jones, based at Great Sankey Leisure Centre.
Great Sankey South: PC Anna Bell, PCSO Roger Stevens, based at Hood Manor Community Centre.
Penketh and Cuerdley: PC Peter White, PCSO Stephen Heaps based at Penketh Community Centre.
Westbrook: PC Victoria Deluce, PCSO Georgian Loughton, based at Westbrook Library.
Whittle Hall: PC Kate Middleton, PCSO Neil Samuel, based Whittle Hall Community Centre.
Appleton: PC Michelle Adamson, PCSO Dave Mahon, based at Broomfields Leisure Centre.
Hatton, Stretton and Walton: PC Paul Fairhurst, PCSO Philip Wilkinson, based at Heritage Cafe, Walton Park.
Grappenhall and Thelwall: PC Robin Swainbank, PCSO Sharon Perrie, based at Thelwall Parish Hall.
Stockton Heath: PC Wendy Whitehead, PCSO Chris Hodgson, based at Stockton Heath Police Station.
Lymm: PC Paul Manley, PCSO Phil Redshaw, based at Lymm Youth and Community Centre.
Orford: PC Jayne Drum, PCSO Jack Wilkinson, based at Orford Jubilee Hub.
Poplars and Hulme, PC Paul Hancock, PCSO Anna-Maria McGreal, based at Greenwood Community Centre.
Poulton North: PC Gareth Milby, PCSO Callum Moore, based At Padgate Campus.