March 4, 2009
New police information pod
opened at Highbridge supermarket
new police information pod was opened in the car park at Highbridge's
Asda supermarket on Wednesday morning (March 4th).
is being jointly funded by Asda, Avon and Somerset Police and
Somerset County Council, aims
to give the public convenient access to police information.
residents can drop in to the pod to discuss local issues and neighbourhood
priorities, and air any concerns they might have about issues
such as parking or anti-social behaviour.
will be staffed by police officers, PCSOs and seven members of
public who have come forward to offer their help.
events and property-marking days are planned and staff at the
pod will also have a supply of crime reduction booklets and literature,
plus activity books for young people, to hand out.
fire service will also be involved on a monthly basis, giving
out fire safety literature and educating the public about fire
Ian Kennett said at Wednesday's launch: "We are hoping that
the use of the pod will enable us to engage directly with the
harder to reach members of our communities and increase the visibility
and accessibility of our staff to the public."
will be a boost for Highbridge and help to increase public confidence
in the town being a safe place."
significance is more than just an extra police front desk for
reporting crime, getting advice or having a chat with the policing
team. It symbolises our determination to get closer to our communities
by being increasingly available and accessible. We are making
it a reality with the help of partners as we can all benefit from
this more localised policing approach."
opening hours will be variable and will be advertised on the notice
board at the pod and also in the foyer of Asda.
photos show Wedenesday's opening of the new police pod at the
Asda supermarket in Highbridge. Among those present were Chief
Superintendent Sandy Padgett, Asda store manager David Simcox,
County Councillors Rosemary Parsons and Alan Ham, District Councillor
Joe Leach, Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police and Highbridge PCSOs
Gill Bawler and Claire Chambers