The new Local Police Unit Inspector Stokes addressed the Board on the work carried out in the Widnes Policing Unit and outlined her role and priorities for the local area. Catherine Pritchard was also in attendance and outlined her role.
Inspector Stokes advised the Board that the Police were adopting a proactive and innovative approach which aimed to keep people safe by:
· working with young people;
· engaging with the community including those hard to reach groups; and
· encouraging active citizenships including schemes such as Homewatch and Speed watch.
The Board were advised on the work of the Problem Solving Team which was a dedicated strategic team who were involved in addressing issues such as County Lines and the recent work with Pubwatch in Widnes.
Arising from the discussion, a Member advised on the work of Magistrates in Halton who were working in the community visiting schools to help to educate children on the consequences of their actions which could lead to sentences in the Magistrate Court. Inspector Stokes acknowledged that this was an initiative that the Widnes Police Unit would like to explore further.
On behalf of the Board, the Vice Chair thanked Inspector Stokes for her presentation.
RESOLVED: That the presentation be noted.