Long arm of the law reaching out to more

Police in Sherburn-in-Elmet are taking their front counter services into the community with a new service designed to interact with more people.

“Keeping safe community drop-in” events will be held at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Finkle Hill to help more residents access crime prevention and personal safety advice, sign up to the North Yorkshire Community Messaging system to receive alerts about crime and incidents in their area, or to have a chat.

The drop-ins will be led by police volunteers who will be joined by Police Community Support Officers from the local policing team.

The scheme will run once a month for a three-month trial period and will be evaluated after this time. If the results are positive, it could become a permanent service.

North Yorkshire Police’s Citizens in Policing Coordinator Manager, Natasha Almond, said: “Sherburn-in-Elmet police station office is open to the public on a part-time basis thanks to our Police Support Volunteers, however, the service is underused and people rarely call in.

“So we’re taking our services out into the community to reach more people. We have great support from our volunteers who are willing to provide this service in their own time.

“My thanks go to them for giving up their time and to the volunteers at Sherburn and Villages Community Library for their enthusiasm and help with this service.”

Karen Packham of Sherburn-in-Elmet Community Trust, added: “Libraries are safe spaces in communities where everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to working more closely with North Yorkshire Police to build a more resilient community.”

The first Keeping safe community drop-in will be held on Thursday June 21 from 2-4pm and at the same time on July 19 and August 16. Members of the public are encouraged to call in and say hello.