The beat team in South Leicester held its first ‘Safer Streets’ initiative today (Monday 21 August), with a number of other agencies, to offer help and advice to elderly residents on a range of issues.
Local officers were on Montrose Road South today with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and ‘Get Healthy Leicester,’ supported by police volunteers and cadets. They were knocking on doors of local residents offering advice on crime prevention, home security, fire safety and healthy living. PCSO Vinnie Preston also did some CPR training with residents and local children and their parents.
It’s the first time this initiative has been run in South Leicester and the multi-agency team plans to hold more in the future.
PC Michael Thomas, a Beat Officer on the Freeman neighbourhood, said; “Today has been a great success, we’ve spoken to lots of people who were really pleased to see us and grateful for the help we could give them. We are hoping to do this every month if we can in different locations. Today was all about helping elderly residents with any issues they have now and giving them information about which agency to call should they need help in the future. We visited nearly a hundred houses and have arranged to go back to some houses in the near future. It’s been a great success.”
Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, said: “Working on a joint initiative like this with our partners allows us to effectively protect our local communities.”
“The Safer Streets project aims to reduce the demand placed on 999 services and local authorities, by engaging with our local communities, offering fire safety, home security, health and anti-social behaviour advice.”
“The people we met will have hopefully benefit from these “healthy, safe, secure” visits and understand when it is and isn’t appropriate to call 999.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News