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Castle Cary Community Police Go Back To School

Tuesday 18 October 2011, 16:10
By Daniel Arthur

Officers from the Castle Cary Neighbourhood Policing team are this week going back to school as part of a pilot community project aimed at building rapport and engaging with local parents and students.

Thursday 20th October 2011 sees the neighbourhood team attend their first 'parents evening' at Ansford Academy, Castle Cary. The 'Parents and Children Together' (PACT) evening will give students and parents the opportunity to speak with the local policing team about local issues and to seek advice on a wide array of topics at a time and place which is already scheduled within their often busy lives.

The town PCSO, Dan Arthur, who is running the event said: "I strongly feel that we are missing a trick in engaging with as much of the community as we can. All of us have busy schedules and I find it is often the case that people are unable to attend the beat surgery we hold in the week, or the local town council meetings, and so miss out on engaging with us. By attending at the local parents evenings it will give parents and students alike the opportunity to engage with the beat team at a convenient time; one which is already scheduled into their day."

The local beat team will be running a small stand during the evening where parents and students will be able to meet the local policing team, discuss local issues and raise any community concerns. Vice Principal at Ansford Academy Liz Martin commented: "The academy is pleased to be hosting the local beat team for their pilot of this community engagement project. We continue to be a key part of the local community within Castle Cary and are always keen to work in partnership with local organisations such as the police. The engagement between the neighbourhood policing team and the Academy plays a key role in supporting our young people to achieve their full potential."

It is hoped that the project will be rolled out to work alongside other local schools and colleges in the near future. If you would like to speak with your local neighbourhood policing team please contact the non-emergency contact number: 101. Calls are charged at a flat rate of 15p, no matter how long the duration of the call.


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