On-street patrols aim to reduce local issues and crime in Derby
COUNCILLORS and residents will go on patrol together to identify issues in the local neighbourhood.
This year marks the fourth of ‘Councillor and Citizens on Patrol’ and will kick off with an evening patrol in Boulton this Wednesday.
The initiative was brought in to tackle local issues around the perception of crime, strengthen community spirit and resolve community issues by councillors and residents taking to the streets and leading high profile and visible patrols.
Representatives for the Police, Derby Homes and the NHS, are invited to join the patrols to help resolve issues found.
On the patrols residents and councillors meet and greet other local residents as they meet them on the streets, as well as visiting homes, to inform people of the aims of the patrol, as well as hand out information leaflets with further details of how to make change, or raise issues about concerns in the area.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The patrols centre on the idea of bringing back traditional community values, and encouraging local people to look out for one another.
“We walk, talk, greet and listen, dealing with issues we come across while hopefully having some fun at the same time.”
Citizens on Patrol is supported by Neighbourhood Watch, Derby City Council, Streetpride, Derby Homes, Affinity Housing, Enthusiasm and Derby Police.
The Boulton patrol is on Wednesday 27 February from 6.00-8.00pm, beginning at Field Lane Community Centre.