Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and the Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough working in partnership for Wellingborough’s community
Stephen Mold, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) and police sergeant, Chris Stevens attended a special event on Friday 31 January hosted by Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough. Senior officials discussed how organisations are working together to tackle anti-social behaviour and how the council and police can work even closer together in the future to tackle crime in the borough.
The Borough Council of Wellingborough’s team presented their strategy to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough by working with the police and community partners to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the town. The council’s recently appointed community protection officers work with the police to enforce the town’s public space protection orders and reduce low-level crime.
The commissioner and Cllr Martin Griffiths visited Swansgate Multi Storey Car Park, which has been targeted by anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and arson attacks over the last year. Cllr Griffiths outlined the council’s multi million pound proposals to redevelop the car park, which will aim to tackle these issues by increased surveillance, alongside enhancing the appearance of the well-used facility.
Tackling homelessness is another key priority for both the council and its partners. The council’s housing team spoke to Stephen Mold about the work that is underway to help families and individuals facing homelessness. The council provides accommodation, tenancy support and ongoing assistance to those sleeping rough and following the presentation Stephen and Cllr Griffiths visited the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough where they were greeted by the team and trustees.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are passionate about working with our partners to ensure that we meet the needs of our community and ensure our residents are safe.
"We will continue to work collaboratively with the police and fire service by reviewing our strategies to address the issues that impact our residents and businesses”.
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “Keeping Northamptonshire safe is not something Police and Fire can do on their own, it is everyone’s responsibility. There is a lot of work taking place in Wellingborough to create a safe and pleasant environment and deal with all the issues of a growing town. Our local policing team is working very closely with the Borough Council to respond to local problems and I’m looking forward to seeing a programme of initiatives roll out across the coming year.”