Police in Sunderland launch new pop-up PACT after successful pilot

04 Sep 2018 12:00 PM

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Police in Sunderland are taking their next pop-up meeting to Silksworth after a successful pilot in Roker.

Earlier this summer, Northumbria Police worked in partnership with Sunderland City Council to organise a number of pop-up meetings aimed at giving residents in Roker extra opportunities to speak to officers about any concerns they had in their community.

The initiative followed a popular Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Roker which saw more than 250 people in attendance. As a result, in order to allow the public to meet officers at their own leisure, drop-in sessions were arranged twice a week to meet demand.

The pop-up meetings proved popular as the public spoke to police about a range of issues, from a desire to see more officers out on patrol to drug misuse and safeguarding concerns in the area.

Now, police and the council will host a similar pop-up meeting in Silksworth on Wednesday (September 5) between 6-8pm at Sainsbury’s, on Silksworth Lane.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, says the drop-in session is the perfect opportunity for members of the public to meet their local neighbourhood team and discuss any issues of concern.

“When launching the pilot pop-up meetings in Roker, we said that we would look to set similar events up across Sunderland and South Tyneside if there was a demand to do so,” Chief Insp Rennison said.

“We have experienced big demand at the recent PACT meetings in Silksworth, with the community having lots of questions and views about their local area and wanting to talk to us about a range of different things.

“This is therefore the next logical step to ensure residents can talk to us at their convenience. We want to hear from them about the issues that are most important to them, and discuss ways we can resolve them.

“I would encourage anyone with a question or concerns to attend Wednesday’s drop-in session and speak to officers. We will be happy to offer guidance, discuss issues and give crime prevention advice.”

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Michael Mordey said: “Listening to people’s concerns and discussing how we can all work together to address them is the best way to target criminal and anti-social behaviour.

“The public response to those ‘pop-up’ meetings has been very supportive, and shows just how much people want to come forward and get involved in helping us to improve life in our communities. 

“I hope these latest sessions will prove equally successful, and residents will take the opportunity to come along to meet officers in informal surroundings and share their views and opinions on how this can be best achieved.”