Residents invited to make a PACT

12 Jan 2017 11:39 AM

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Residents across Sunderland and South Tyneside are being invited to make a PACT with their local police and partners.

Throughout the year each neighbourhood policing team hosts a series of meetings supported by local agencies, such as the local authority and local councillors.

The meetings - Partners and Communities Together (PACT) - are an ideal opportunity for local residents to come along and discuss any concerns they may have about crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

They also give local residents the chance to hear more about the plans and initiatives in place to make their community even safer.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: "PACT meetings are one of many ways in which our officers are engaging with local neighbourhoods and building strong relationships. We value the support of our communities and partners and hearing feedback will help our officers in delivering a policing service that truly reflects the needs of the community, ensuring Sunderland and South Tyneside are safe places to live and work."

Communities Chief Inspector Clare Langley from Southern Area Command, which covers Sunderland and South Tyneside, wants to encourage local residents to come along and meet the people responsible for keeping their local area safe.

She said: "The PACT meetings have been held throughout our communities for a number of years now and are a great opportunity for local residents to come and discuss any concerns they may have about any crime or anti-social behaviour issues in their area.

"Even if residents don't have any concerns it is chance for them to meet their local neighbourhood police officer and the people responsible for making their area even safer and hear about the initiatives that are on-going.

"Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of what we do and getting to know your neighbourhood officer is a great way to learn more about policing and understand the day-to-day work that you might not be aware of."

Most of the meetings take place in the evening at a local community centre or school in the heart of the neighbourhood. They are usually held every five weeks.

Ch Insp Langley added: "The meetings are also a great opportunity for us to get feedback from local residents on what they think we're doing well and where we could improve. We recognise people lead busy lives and won't always have time to come along to every meeting but if they are free then we would appreciate meeting them and hearing their views about policing in their area."

To find out when the PACT meeting for your local area is visit the neighbourhood page on the If details of your local meeting aren't available please email the team by clicking on the email us button on the page.

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