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Our Aims:

We want to build and support strong, active and inclusive communities across the Parish to encourage people to take an active part in making decisions, delivering and influencing services across the Parish.

Community Policing - A Pioneering Initiative

Opened in September 1996, the Southwater Community Police Office is a unique facility for Southwater, set up and run by volunteers from the Community.

The office, believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country, is manned by a team of 22 volunteers who have been trained by the police force to deal with incidents that range from anti-social behaviour to road traffic accidents, and also offer support to crime prevention initiatives and schemes in the village.

The office currently deals with a wide range of duties including passing on information to the police from the public, handling lost and found property and pets, filling out crime reports, fielding queries and acting as a link between the public, local beat officers, PCSO’s and Horsham Police Station. The office also offers a security marking service for mobile phones and bikes.

In addition to the volunteers, the office is also a base for our PCSO on a working shift pattern. Many of the volunteers have over 10 years service, and the Police Office and volunteers have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

 

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