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Meet your local Ipswich PCSOs

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Members of the public are invited to come along and meet their local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Ipswich this weekend.  

The event is being held on Saturday 1 February at the Giles Circus, Cornhill from 10am to 3pm, with PCSOs from all of the five Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Teams attending.   

The mobile police station and police liveried All-Terrain Vehicle will present.   

Sgt Martin Memory from Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, who helped to organise the event, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for members of the public to not only come and meet vital members of the constabulary, but also to find out more about the role of Police Community Support Officers and how they help to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Ipswich.  

"The PCSOs will also be on hand to answer any questions or concerns members of the public may have. It is important to let your safer neighbourhood team know about the issues you think are a priority or are affecting your quality of life.  

"As well why not pick up some information about a number of ways you can play an active part in community safety and supporting your police service.”   

If you cannot make the event but wish to raise any issues with your Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team please call 101 and ask to speak with your local officers. 

Crime Reduction Day

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New Suffolk Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are organising a crime reduction day which will take place on Tuesday 21 January from 10am to 3pm in the car park outside the Next store at Beardmore Park, Martlesham.

The community engagement event will focus on burglary and vehicle crime and 14 of the new PCSOs, who are currently undertaking their initial training, will be on hand to provide information and guidance about how you can make your home and vehicle more secure.

The PCSOs will be available to give advice on how you can protect your home and not make it easy for an opportunist burglar. 

Simple steps such as locking up, leaving one or two lights on when you go out, or using a lights on timer device can all reduce the chances of your home being burgled.

This can be particularly pertinent during the winter months with the dark nights - and advice will cover aspects such as not having valuables and keys on display near doors and windows and not leaving garden tools unsecured - as they can be used to break into homes.

It’s also important to remember to secure your vehicle and remove all valuables – and the PCSO team will be able to offer further advice on the measures you can take to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

All are welcome to attend on the day, you can raise any issues of concern that you have or just come along to chat with the team - the PSCOs look forward to meeting you.

Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton is also expected to be in attendance at the event between approximately 11.45am and 12.15pm.

NHWN Awards – applications open

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To celebrate and reward the outstanding work carried out by Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers across England and Wales, you are invited to take part in the annual National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Awards, due to take place on Friday 20th June as part of National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week (14th-22nd June). 

Members, coordinators and partners are encouraged to nominate both schemes and members (or, in the case of the Partnership Working Awards, partner organisations) for up to a maximum of two awards per nominee, from a list of ten categories.  Self-nominations will also be accepted. Entries close at 17:00 on Friday 28th March 2014.   

For more information about the categories and criteria, and an application form, please click here

Free Dog Micro-Chipping

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Members of the public are invited to get their dog micro-chipped for free at Ipswich North East Safer Neighbourhood Team Base.

Officers from the team will be with Dogs Trust at 118 Heath Road 
on Thursday 9 January 2014 from 11am to 4pm. Conditions apply.

Any dog owner is welcome to attend.  For more information please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk or call 0207 8370006. 

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