Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Barrow Cops in Co-ops

Local cops will be in Co-operative food stores around Barrow next week to speak to shoppers about policing in their neighbourhoods.

On 11th April 2012, officers from Barrow’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be speaking to shoppers and asking them to highlight the issues they want tackled in their communities so that local officers can focus on the problems that are most important to local residents.

Several police officers will be located within their local Co-operative food stores between 2pm – 4pm on Wednesday 11th April. Members of the public will be able to pop into their Co-op to catch up with their local police officers whilst doing their shopping.

Co-operative food stores in the following areas are taking part: Roose Road, Harrel Lane, Island Road, Plymouth Street, Oxford Street, Ainslie Street, Dalton and Askam.

Inspector Mike O’Hagan said “We are very pleased to be working with The Co-operative so that our local communities can get to know their local policing teams at a convenient time and within an environment that best suits them.

“We want to speak to as many local people as we can so that we can get a clear idea of the issues that matter most to each neighbourhood.

“People lead very busy lives and it is often hard for people to get to community meetings that we hold, visit police stations, or join our Web-chats, so we are going to a local supermarket at a peak shopping time to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to meet us. We are always looking at new, convenient ways to speak to our communities and when we approached The Co-operative with our idea, they were very happy to help us. I would like to thank them for making this possible.”

Andy Parr, The Co-operative’s Operations Manager for the area said “The Co-operative is a community retailer and all our store teams are committed to playing a real role in local life. We are proud to be able to support Barrow’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams and look forward to hosting their community surgeries next week.”

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