Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner and acting chief constable have attended an event in Ellesmere Port to launch another of Cheshire Constabulary’s new community bases.
David Keane and Janette McCormick were at Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre yesterday (Thursday 21 June) to officially declare the building one of its first community bases.
The centre is one of nine new community bases in the Ellesmere Port local policing area and 122 across Cheshire providing a base for PCSOs to spend more time in the heart of the communities they serve.
Housed in existing buildings, the bases will provide a facility for PCSOs to hold regular surgeries or have confidential discussions with victims, witnesses and other members of the public.
PCSOs will also be able to begin and end their daily shift at their community base to increase the amount of time they have to meet local residents and deal with local issues.
David said: “I am proud that we’ve been able to introduce a police base and PCSO for every community across Cheshire to help re-establish community policing across the county.
“When I was elected I promised the Cheshire residents ‘more feet on the beat’ and this model is helping us put community officers back where they belong.
“Under the previous model, some PCSOs were travelling miles each day to the community they were based in, wasting valuable time that they could be spending in their communities.
“The new bases will help increase police interaction with individual communities, providing a named, recognisable officer and an easily accessible police base for local residents in shared community buildings at no extra cost to the taxpayer.”
The launch event in Ellesmere Port is one of four events being held across Cheshire’s four local authority areas over the next few weeks for the new community base model.
This event was also attended by Ellesmere Port chief inspector Alex McMilan, sergeant Martin Campbell and PCSO Ross Norman along with colleagues from the National Probation Service and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust.
The commissioner and acting chief were briefed on local issues in the area by PCSO Norman before taking part in a walk around the local area and visiting Bunbury House approved premises.
Acting chief constable Janette McCormick added: “We are delighted to be able to open these bases at the heart of each community in Cheshire.
“This will bring policing closer to the communities we serve and will mean our community officers are more accessible and local residents are able to directly speak to PCSOs in their areas.
“It will also ensure officers are more visible in the rural areas of the county, as well as the towns and cities, tackling local issues and working with local people on issues of concern to them.
“Furthermore, all of the local areas now have their own Twitter account and ‘Alert’ where local residents can keep updated on issues at the heart of their community or contact their local officers.”
The constabulary is broken up into eight local policing units (LPUs) with the full list of community bases in Ellesmere Port LPU below.
Community bases in Ellesmere Port local policing unit
Ellesmere Port Town – Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre
Whitby – Ellesmere Port Sport Village
Rossmore - Hollymere Assisted Living
Little Neston and Burton - Ness Village Hall
Neston and Parkgate - Neston Police Station
Willaston and Thornton and Netherpool - Overpool Community Centre
St Paul's - Little Sutton Library
Sutton - Hope Farm Library
Grange - Hartley Place residential home
To find out more about what is going on in the Ellesmere Port policing area or who your local PCSO is, please visit www.cheshire.police.uk/local-policing/ellesmere-port