Police survey goes door to door in Barnstaple
PEOPLE in the Forches and Gorwell areas of Barnstaple will get the chance to say what they want from their local neighbourhood police teams this week when officers will be carrying out a door to door survey. From Wednesday (January 27) through to Saturday
PEOPLE in the Forches and Gorwell areas of Barnstaple will get the chance to say what they want from their local neighbourhood police teams this week when officers will be carrying out a door to door survey.
From Wednesday (January 27) through to Saturday this week, police officers will be visiting each household to ask the occupiers for their views on policing issues that affect local residents. Community members will also be offered the opportunity to sign up to receive police community messages.
The local beat teams of both police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs,) will be working with the North Devon Partners and Communities Together (PACT) team to conduct the surveys and are encouraging residents to "tell it as it is."
"We are constantly striving to provide the means for all residents to communicate with local officers," said Sergeant James Tarr, neighbourhood team leader for the area.
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"This initiative at the start of a new year provides us with a timely opportunity to gain direct information from those communities which we serve."
The community messaging service provides direct, current information from local stations to residents via phone messages. This can include witness appeals relating to crimes or other useful information to assist both officers and local communities.
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The police will explain the signing up procedure and the equipment required for residents to receive these messages and hope the opportunity will be taken by all who wish to further improve the safety of their respective areas.
"It is vital residents tell us exactly what is affecting them, to ensure we can further improve the safety of the Barnstaple area," said PC Andrew Wills, neighbourhood beat manager for Forches.
This survey is one of a series local officers will be conducting throughout the coming year.