Safer Neighbourhoods Team Drop in Surgery

Residents invited to discuss local policing matters face to face

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Officers from Chiswick Police’s Safer Neighbourhoods teams are running a regular drop-in surgery at Chiswick Library and would welcome anyone who would like to discuss local policing matters. The surgeries will be held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 11.30am – 1pm and will follow on from the local councillors weekend surgery using the same office, next to the reference library.

The next surgery is on Saturday 16th December.

This is just one of a number of new methods of engaging with the local community that Chiswick Safer Neighbourhoods teams are exploring. Many households have already received survey forms regarding concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour, frequency of police patrols and how safe they feel in their local area. Other residents have been personally interviewed to establish their views about local policing.

Alexandra Gardens witnessed Chiswick’s first ‘Street Surgery’ recently; the ward team made themselves available to meet local residents in their own neighbourhood at a pre-arranged time and place. This event was well received and further Street Surgeries will be taking place on all wards. These are localised events and will normally be publicised by a letter drop.

A ‘live’ internet forum being piloted has also been undertaken on the forum. This enabled questions to be asked over two hours, and answers to be posted in the public domain for everyone’s information.

Chiswick Sector Inspector, David Osborne said, ‘We already have excellent contacts amongst the community but are keen to reach those people whose busy lives don’t allow them to spare the time to attend regular meetings. This sometimes silent majority can help us to build up a more accurate picture of what really matters to people living and working in Chiswick and enable us to address these issues with the help of our partners and to continue to make Chiswick safer.’

December 7, 2006