Warwickshire’s Chief Constable, Tom Bristow explains the vital role of Safer Neighbourhood teams in protecting our communities from harm.

“Warwickshire Police introduced Safer Neighbourhood local policing teams across Warwickshire in November 2006 – well in advance of the Home Office deadline of March 2008, clearly demonstrating our commitment to delivering more protection to the communities we serve.

Local communities asked for a more visible presence and we are delivering this. Our teams are proving effective in tackling anti-social behaviour and, working in the heart of the communities they police, are best placed to offer reassurance where it’s needed.

Teams include Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables. Every member of the team is visible, accessible and have the skills and experience to identify and address local issues to ensure that communities are safe places to live, work and visit.

Key to the success of the Safer Neighbourhood initiative is the involvement of our local partners. Together with Safer Neighbourhood teams, they are committed to addressing local and force-wide concerns that impact upon quality of life. Our Safer Neighbourhood teams work with many partners from the wider community, many of them volunteers like our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators, who are willing to give up their time to help make their communities safer.