Members of the public are being invited to support Suffolk Constabulary by becoming the "eyes and ears” of their communities as part of a new initiative.
The Local Policing Volunteer pilot scheme, which was originally launched across six towns and villages including, in Bungay, Beccles, Woodbridge, Eye, Stanton and Long Melford in April, has now been opened up to the whole county and has already attracted early interest but spaces remain for further dedicated individuals.
As part of the non-uniform role, volunteers become accessible points of contact for their communities and help Suffolk Constabulary to detect crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity in each area.
Volunteers are not expected to become involved in any incident where conflict or threat exists and will have no power of arrest or detention. They are there to report anything suspicious or unusual directly to the police. They will receive full induction training and have access to their local police station to attend appropriate briefings.
Local Policing Volunteers are an important element of our police family, which includes police officers, PCSOs, police staff and the Specials.
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Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton said: "Volunteers are extremely important for the constabulary and we recognise the tremendous contribution they make. As a force, we actively encourage the public to report any concerns about what they see and hear in their communities and the trial of this new scheme is a welcome addition in helping the communities across the county stay safer. It’s important to stress the volunteers will not be involved in any official tasking or deployments – they will be the eyes and ears of their local community to report any unusual activity to uniformed officers who will then take the appropriate action.”
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: "When I was re-elected two years ago I made a commitment to expand the network of volunteers and special constables throughout the county. The Local Policing Volunteer Scheme is a very good example of communities helping themselves and being the eyes and ears to what’s going on. It’s going back to what traditional policing was all about - the police are the public and the public are the police. It’s a two-way process. Volunteers will wear tabards and look out for any suspicious or criminal behaviour while out in the community. They will then report back to their local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) who will deal with the crimes. They will not have powers of detention and will not intervene. We think that gathering all this extra information will be very helpful indeed. Sometimes it’s the very last piece of evidence that solves a crime and this could really help us access all the details we need to know. This is a very exciting scheme. I’m very pleased that all six areas in the pilot are on board with it and delighted to see it extended across the county. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops and would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Local Policing Volunteer will undergo a training package, be given a tabard and have a direct point of contact with police, as well as be included in regular meetings. The supportive role is also designed to work alongside usual activities and at no point requires participants to directly get involved in tackling crime.
Volunteers will need to undergo and pass security checks at the appropriate level for the role, although no medical assessment is required.
To gain further information regarding any of the constabulary’s volunteering roles, visit
Today was a family@church barbeque at the Sancroft Hall and has been an opportunity for people to say cheerio to Cathy and Andrew Bladen before they leave so Cathy can take up her new post as Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay.
In case you missed it, below is the farewell letter she wrote in the July edition of Six Sense.
Dear friends and neighbours,Since arriving in the Sancroft Benefice three years ago I have been really struck by the changing seasons in a way I've never been before. Every season brings with it new things and its own beauty. At this time of year the countryside around us is constantly changing as spring blossom and new growth give way to summer flowering and the gradual ripening of fruit and crops. For me, being here has been a season of rapid growth and fruitfulness in so many ways, both personally and spiritually.As I come to the end of my curacy and Andrew and I prepare to move, we are so thankful for our time here. We've loved the beauty of this part of Suffolk; I think the Waveney Valley will always be one of my favourite areas now. But as always it’s the community and the people that really make the difference and the sense of welcome in both the villages and the churches has been wonderful and we have loved being a part of you... So thank you.We are, of course, very sad to be leaving you all, but we’re not moving too far. We’re going just down the A143 a bit towards Bury St Edmunds, where I am going to be Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay. We’re looking forward to the new adventure.When I first began to feel God was calling me to be a priest, a long time ago, I was given a reading from St. John’s gospel. It’s now one of my favourite readings... (John 5:16). In it God says, ‘You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit’... So we’re excited about the new work and looking forward to see what God has in store for us as we enter into our new season and what we pray will be a time of fruitfulness.My last service in the benefice will be on Sunday 22 July, which is a family@church service at Fressingfield at 10am, followed by fun and games on the Sancroft Hall Green at 11.30am, and then lunch at 12.30pm. Please just turn up on the day. It will be lovely to see you.God bless you,love Cathy.
The district council is urging everyone who is eligible, to register to vote in the next election. Click on this link to find more details.
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People living in east and west Suffolk are being urged to have their say about local mental health services as part of a unique engagement opportunity.
The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to transform the way mental health provision is delivered across the county.
In order to do that, they first need to find out how effective the people who deliver and receive the current services think they are.
Commissioners want to hear from people who currently use or have previously used mental health services, those who care for them and the staff who deliver those services.
All three groups are being asked to input their feedback via three surveys that ‘go live’ from this morning (Monday 2nd July).
The surveys are part of a much larger engagement exercise that aims to help create a new model for east and west Suffolk that will bring mental and physical health services much closer together.
In a break from usual practice, the CCGs have commissioned four local voluntary sector organisations to engage with local people under the banner “The future of mental health – a very different conversation”.
Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk User Forum and Suffolk Parent Carer Network will co-ordinate a whole host of mental health workshops and events to gather feedback on the current services.
Healthwatch Suffolk will then gather and analyse the feedback before preparing a report making a case for change for the CCGs’ governing body meetings in November.
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