Published: March 4, 2009
New police information pod opened at Highbridge supermarket

A new police information pod was opened in the car park at Highbridge's Asda supermarket on Wednesday morning (March 4th).

The pod, which is being jointly funded by Asda, Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset County Council, aims to give the public convenient access to police information.

Local 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.

It will be staffed by police officers, PCSOs and seven members of public who have come forward to offer their help.

Bike-marking 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.

The fire service will also be involved on a monthly basis, giving out fire safety literature and educating the public about fire prevention.

Sgt 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."

"This will be a boost for Highbridge and help to increase public confidence in the town being a safe place."

"Its 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."

The opening hours will be variable and will be advertised on the notice board at the pod and also in the foyer of Asda.

Our 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


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