West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner visits Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team (30 Jun 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson met school children and shopkeepers on Thursday (25/06) as he paid a visit to the Castleford and Featherstone areas to listen to community concerns.

The visit began with a briefing with local officers from the Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team about their work in the community and how they help to keep people safe and feeling safer.

A visit to St Thomas Junior School in Featherstone followed where he watched a presentation from PCSOs Amanda Johnson and Kay Greenwood, delivered to the children about the impact of anti-social behaviour in the community.

He then went to the Junction 32 Retail Park at Glasshoughton where he spoke with shopkeepers and management to listen to any concerns they have and to reassure them about the work that is being done in their area.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"It is my job to work with the police, partners and the community to keep our communities safe and feeling safer.

"Visits like this are very important to me as I get to meet people from all walks of life going about their daily business, whether that be school children just starting off in life or businesses looking to earn a living.

"Only by speaking to members of the community and listening to any concerns they may have can I make sure that everything possible is being done to keep them safe and feeling safer.

"It was very important to hear the presentation that was delivered to the school children about the impact of anti-social behaviour. The message was delivered in a way appropriate to young children and it was clear it had an impact - the PCSOs clearly play a key role in delivering such messages.

"Young people are the future of our community so presentations like this can really help to make a lasting difference.

"The visit to Junction 32 was very important too as some businesses are not aware of Restorative Justice which can offer a different way of dealing with low-level crime such as shoplifting. It can include for example a letter of apology or the victim meeting the offender where the parties agree- it has to be something that visibly demonstrates reparation in the community. A lot of the people I spoke to welcomed this approach where it prevents further harm and reoffending."

Acting Inspector Jon Rogerson of the Castleford and Normanton NPT: "I appreciate the time that the PCC took to visit our communities and to see the impact of the good work our Neighbourhood Policing Teams are carrying out on a daily basis to support our communities and make them a safer place."

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