The Chairman and Clerk of Gnosall Parish Council raised the issue of policing with Chief Inspector Gemma Ward on 12th March 2018. The meeting was a positive one and it was suggested that reporting crimes individually, rather than one person making a report on behalf of others, should be encouraged as this will help to create intelligence and knowledge and will assist the police when organising where to send patrols.
As some of you may already know, PCSO Patrick Wright has been working in the Parish for quite some time and the Council is pleased to be able to confirm that he has recently been joined by PCSO Alison Osbourne. In times of cuts to services and funding, it is appreciated that we have two members from the local policing team patrolling our parish who will monitor crime and provide advice if required. If you see Alison or Patrick on their travels, please make them feel welcome by stopping and having a friendly chat or give them a wave!
Smart Alerts and Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Smart Alerts were launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, in March 2016. The idea was to improve engagement between Staffordshire Police and the communities they serve. This allows residents and businesses to play a more active role in their own community and act as the eyes and ears of Staffordshire Police to help stop criminals in their tracks. You can sign up for Smart Alerts by logging on to the OPCC (office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s) website at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk. Use the ‘Involving you’ tab at the top of the page which has a drop-down menu, click on ‘Smart Alert’ if you want to know more or wish to sign up for Smart Alerts and emails.
Another voluntary scheme is the Neighbourhood Watch. The Parish Council is actively promoting the Scheme which consists of having residents, ideally two or three in each street, who can report anything untoward to the police or share information with other Neighbourhood Watch participants. A scheme did exist in the parish a while ago but sadly this petered out and the Council is asking if anyone would be interested in participating in a relaunched scheme?
If you wish to register your interest could you kindly email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will collate responses. Alternatively, telephone 01785 823271 or 01785 822243. If there is sufficient interest, a meeting can be arranged to discuss what’s involved and how we take this forward.
Gnosall Fun Fair
The annual fun fair will be on the Village Green from Friday 20th July until Sunday 22nd July and we hope it will be visited and enjoyed by local people and visitors.
This will be the fourth time Jennings’ Fairground have been in Gnosall and provided a fun start to the school summer holidays.