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SOCIAL DISTANCING: Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team to run surgeries over the phone

 Published on: 16th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Watford Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team is running ‘socially distanced’ neighbourhood surgeries over the phone this week to help residents deal with any issues affecting them during the coronavirus pandemic.  

In line with the current government restrictions, neighbourhood teams across the county have postponed beat surgeries and other community events to comply with social distancing.

However, they are scheduling neighbourhood surgeries by phone so residents can still contact an officer to discuss any concerns they may have.

Watford Town Centre sergeant Ellie Berry said: “We understand that residents may be feeling anxious about the face-to-face accessibility to police being significantly reduced at the moment.  We have had to postpone a number of events however the phone surgeries are an alternative way of allowing our communities direct contact with officers to discuss issues that are affecting their quality of life.

“Our teams work with partners, such as Watford Borough Council and housing providers, to prevent and reduce crime and disorder, improve neighbourhood conditions and increase feelings of security in their communities.”

PC Daniel Judge will be available to take calls on 07710 147275 tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) 

PC Laura Grant will be available to take calls on the same number – 07710 147275 – on Friday (April 17) between 10am and 4pm.  

Sergeant Berry added: “You can call either of the officers with your question or concern, as they will be able to pass your concern on to the relevant team.

“However please remember that this is not an alternative way of reporting crime or an ongoing incident. If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, please call 999 immediately.”

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. 

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