James Butcher: Find out who your local police support officer is

WH 230514 Adur and Worthing local elections count. James Butcher. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140524-002505001
WH 230514 Adur and Worthing local elections count. James Butcher. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140524-002505001

THIS WEEK, I attended an excellent neighbourhood watch hosted by community activist Nina Vinther.

Those present had a positive approach to tackling crime and safety in the local area. The topics ranged from speeding and scams to lighting in twittens and child safety.

As well as neighbourhood watch groups there are neighbourhood panels. These are organised by local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

PCSOs form the bedrock of our neighbourhood policing and cover a set geographical area called a ‘ward’. Lancing is split into four wards, Manor is covered by PCSO Stewart Metcalfe, Mash Barn by PCSO Sally Carman, Churchill by PCSO Jamie Honywood and Widewater by PCSO Holly Thompson.

These officers get to know the local area, local issues, local people and patterns of crime.

You can get their email address and mobile telephone number from the police station, library, community notice boards or the Parish Hall.

If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to find out when your neighbourhood panel meet and go along.

Manor’s neighbourhood panel delivered the salt boxes in north Lancing and Nina’s neighbourhood watch was the driving force behind the double yellow lines at that notorious bend on Sompting Road.

To find out more, contact your PCSO or visit police.uk – go to Sussex Police and choose your ward. If you live in Churchill ward, which runs from the boundary with Sompting to North Road and South Street and from Crabtree Lane to the seafront, the panel is meeting at the Parish Hall this Friday, at 7pm.