Driffield NPT kicks-off rural tour in Kilham

Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams carry out a variety of roles in their communities, but one aspect runs deep through most of those tasks: engagement.

 

Engagement is a crucial tool for our NPTs, whether that is offering crime prevention advice in rural locations or going into schools to teach about road safety. It also works two ways when we act upon information we receive from our communities and take a high-visibility approach to tackle issues that cause concern for members of the public.

This week, the Driffield Community Team is on tour in rural areas to offer advice on crime prevention or any other policing matters that local residents may have concerns about. 

We caught up with PCSO Steven Sharp yesterday afternoon in Kilham on the tour’s inaugural stop. 

PCSO Sharp said: “As a team, we cover around 270 square miles, comprising of more than 40 villages. When people couldn’t travel due to the Covid lockdowns, we realised that some of our more rural communities might hardly see the police. It’s important to be visible to residents in rural areas as many are elderly and may not have access to the internet.  

“To tackle this issue, we devised little tours of the region, including schools, so people can come and speak to us about any concerns they may have. We can then help them or direct them to the appropriate service.

“It’s important that people tell us their concerns and I would encourage anyone to pop along to our other dates this week to say hello or inform us of any issues that need tackling.”

Kilham reacted positively to a visible presence yesterday as PCSO Sharp parked up outside the school at around 3:00pm. Parents, schoolchildren and people passing by stopped to discuss issues or seek advice.

“With spring seeing the return of lighter and longer days, people are getting out more,” added PCSO Sharp. “We come out with leaflets and other literature on road and cycle safety, and other subjects, that people can take away with them.”

If you want to seek advice or have any concerns you would like to raise, you can catch PCSO Sharp and the team at the following locations:

Tuesday 22 March: Brandesburton Cross Hill, 3:00-4:00pm.

Wednesday 23 March: Beeford Community Centre, 3:00-4:00pm.

Thursday 24 March: Foston on the Wolds Main Street. 6:30-7:30pm.                           

If you want to report a crime, you can contact us on our non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or for a crime in progress, always call 999.

To find out more about the team, click here.

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