Get InvolvedFind out about how the Safer Stockport Partnership communicates with its partners and the public.
The Safer Stockport Partnership is jointly chaired by the Police Chief Superintendent, and the Deputy Chief Executive of Stockport Council and consists of many different organisations who work together with the sole aim of making Stockport a safer place in which to live, work and visit.
With the help and guidance of the Council’s Corporate Marketing Team, a strong communication strategy is needed to ensure the Safer Stockport Partnership not only advises our communities, businesses and partner agencies of the good work that is being done in Stockport but also allows us to get feedback from our various communities on what is most important to them.
Aims of the communications strategy
- To support operational activity, and promote personal and public safety.
- To direct internal and external communications for the Safer Stockport Partnership.
- To deliver a proactive, quality public relations service on behalf of the Safer Stockport Partnership, promoting its image by maintaining and improving communications to external and internal audiences.
- To provide public reassurance by raising awareness of the work carried out by the Partnership.
- To improve the public perception and enhance feelings of safety within Stockport’s neighbourhoods by listening and responding appropriately to the needs of our various communities.
- To identify hard to reach groups, especially in the priority neighbourhoods, and develop appropriate methods of communication.
- To develop links with effective community contacts and local media i.e. community websites, publications etc. to assist the delivery of messages on a local level where the newspapers are not delivered.
- To support delivery of local, regional and national crime reduction messages and initiatives.
- The Partnership will continue to explore the use of modern communications methods including text alerts.
- The Partnership is exploring the use of social media including Facebook and Twitter.
- We have recently re-designed our Partnership website.
- The Partnership will ensure all communications are timely, relevant and can be actioned.
As a community we can all be involved in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in Stockport.
Through the Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP) Ringmaster – Community Messaging website we invite you to take part in the exchange of information with Greater Manchester Police, Stockport Council, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. This is important in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.
You do not need to join a specific watch scheme e.g. Neighbourhood Watch or Business Watch, but you may find like-minded residents or businesses in your area that would welcome your support.
This service is free to everyone.
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme - ‘Be Neighbourwise and Use Your Eyes’
Neighbourhood Watch establishes a formal network for concerned citizens to report information to the local police, support each other in the community and follow crime prevention advice – reducing the opportunity for crime to occur by making it difficult for the criminal.
Neighbourhood members go about their normal lives but in addition, keep their eyes open for suspicious persons or vehicles in the neighbourhood.
Have you ever heard something suspicious but haven’t known what to do about it? Neighbourhood Watch helps you handle information and pass it on to the right people.
Advice from local police is given; your local Neighbourhood Policing Team helps to set up the scheme. Crime prevention advice and details of local crime put you in the picture and there is no restriction on numbers of houses – it can be as few as five or as many as five hundred.
Neighbourhood Watch – The facts
Residents of a community possess very specialised knowledge of their neighbourhood. A police officer might not recognise someone in your garden as a stranger, but a neighbour would. This is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about.
Some residents think they shouldn’t ring the police when they see something suspicious going on at a neighbour’s house. They don’t want anyone to think they’re being nosy, peeping around net curtains at other people’s business.
In Neighbourhood Watch the residents all agree that they want each other to be vigilant as far as crime is concerned. If you have the phone number of the lady next door and you ring her at work to check that a removal firm should be clearing his house, who wouldn’t be grateful?
The role of the Co-ordinator
It is important that members of a scheme appreciate that the police do not run Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Whilst they will render every assistance in starting and supporting a scheme, it is fundamentally the members who will run it.
The success of a scheme is often dependent on the enthusiasm of its Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator is someone who is prepared to act as the central point, but recognises that work must be shared, so that all scheme members feel they have a role to play.
Although the Co-ordinator’s duties will depend on the assistance offered by scheme members, his or her duties are basically:
- To encourage participation in your scheme amongst residents
- To circulate information received from the police and vice-versa
- To organise and attend occasional local Neighbourhood Watch meetings
The next stage
If you want to start a scheme, you first need to decide on the area to be covered. There are no hard and fast rules over the number of homes involved, although on average it tends to be between 10 and 20 houses. The size is entirely up to the Co-ordinator as he or she is the one that will probably have to visit each house several times!
The geography of the area may also decide this for you (a cul-de-sac, block of flats or a section of road between two junctions, etc.)
The second job is to canvass your neighbours to see if there is sufficient interest. If you have a good response, contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team for your area, details shown below, to arrange a suitable date for them to give a talk to everyone. The meeting can be in your house, a local hall or school.
You may not be able to fix a date to suit everyone, just arrange the meeting to suit the majority – daytime or evening.
You will probably have many questions to ask about Neighbourhood Watch and the Neighbourhood Policing Team will explain all this to you, so don’t worry – you’ve nearly completed the hardest part!
If you want to start a scheme, or find out if one exists in your area, take that positive first step to making a difference in your community visit the Greater Manchester Police website.