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Street Watch launches new scheme in Barton-le-Clay

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On Wednesday (2 September) the Bedfordshire Police Citizens in Policing Unit launched the latest Street Watch scheme in Barton-Le-Clay, - the 17th Street Watch group to operate across Bedfordshire.
The event was attended by Street Watch volunteers from Barton-Le-Clay, volunteers from Street Watch groups across the county and supported by members of the local policing team, the Special Constabulary and Barton-Le-Clay Parish Council.

More than 30 volunteers and community policing officers carried out patrols in the village, whilst maintaining social distancing, which offered a great opportunity to engage with local residents and provide an important police and community presence, despite the poor weather.
Juliet Wright, Watch Scheme Coordinator, said: “It is great to see communities coming together during this challenging time and volunteers wanting to make their area feel safe for all. The group will support our community policing teams by having a high visibility presence to deter criminal activity and highlight any key issues to us.”
Street Watch is made up of volunteers who want to help make areas safer for their residents. They receive information about reported crime and anti-social behaviour to enable them to target patrols in certain areas to deter crime and provide visible reassurance to residents. Street Watch volunteers provide a vital link between residents and the force’s community policing teams.
In August, the new volunteers gathered to receive training, which included an introduction to patrolling and the issuing of Street Watch kit and identification badges.
If you are interested in joining the Barton-Le-Clay Street Watch group or would like to set up a group in your area, please email watchschemes@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk/watchschemes
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