Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner and acting chief constable have attended an event in Macclesfield to launch Cheshire Constabulary’s new community bases.
David Keane and Janette McCormick were at Bollington Town Hall on Friday (15 June) to officially declare the building one of its first community bases.
The town hall is one of 21 new community bases in the Macclesfield local policing area and 122 across Cheshire providing a base for PCSOs to spend more time in the heart of the communities they serve.
Housed in existing buildings, the bases will provide a facility for PCSOs to hold regular surgeries or have confidential discussions with victims, witnesses and other members of the public.
PCSOs will also be able to begin and end their daily shift at their community base to increase the amount of time they have to meet local residents and deal with local issues.
David said: “I am proud that we’ve been able to introduce a police base and PCSO for every community across Cheshire to help re-establish community policing across the county.
“When I was elected I promised the Cheshire residents ‘more feet on the beat’ and this model is helping us put community officers back where they belong.
“Under the previous model, some PCSOs were travelling miles each day to the community they were based in, wasting valuable time that they could be spending in their communities.
“The new bases will help increase police interaction with individual communities, providing a named, recognisable officer and an easily accessible police base for local residents in shared community buildings at no extra cost to the taxpayer.
The launch event in Bollington is one of four events being held across Cheshire’s four local authority areas over the next few weeks for the new community base model.
The Macclesfield event was attended by local Bollington PCSO Hannah Jackson, Macclesfield chief inspector Laura Marler, deputy mayor of Bollington Roland Edwards, local borough and parish councillors and firefighters from Bollington Fire Station.
Children from Daisybank Nursery in Bollington also joined in the fun and had the opportunity to sit in a police car and fire engine and try out firefighter’s equipment.
Acting chief constable Janette McCormick added: “We are delighted to be able to open these bases at the heart of each community in Cheshire.
“This will bring policing closer to the communities we serve and will mean our community officers are more accessible and local residents are able to directly speak to PCSOs in their areas.
“It will also ensure officers are more visible in the rural areas of the county, as well as the towns and cities, tackling local issues and working with local people on issues of concern to them.
“Furthermore, all of the local areas now have their own Twitter account and ‘Alert’ where local residents can keep updated on issues at the heart of their community or contact their local officers.”
The constabulary is broken up into eight local policing units (LPUs) with the full list of community bases in Macclesfield LPU below.
Community bases in Macclesfield local policing unit
Congleton East - Bromley Farm Community Hub
Gawsworth and Chelford - Marton Golf Club
Congleton West - New Life Church
Macclesfield Hurdsfield - Hurdsfield Library
Macclesfield Tytherington - West Park Café
Bollington - Bollington Town Hall
Prestbury and Alderley Edge - Festival Hall
Disley - Disley Library
Poynton East and Pott Shrigley - Poynton Hub
Poynton West and Adlington - Deva Scout Hut
High Legh and Mobberley - High Legh Village Hall
Knutsford - Knutsford Police Station
Handforth - Handforth Youth Centre
Wilmslow Dean Row and Lacey Green - Dean Row Centre
Wilmslow East - Wilmslow Police Station
Wilmslow West and Chorley - Chorley Village Hall
Macclesfield Central - Macclesfield Library
Macclesfield East and Sutton – MAC
Macclesfield South - Mayfield Centre
Broken Cross and Upton - Macclesfield District General Hospital
Macclesfield West and Ivy - Macclesfield Fire Station
To find out more about what is going on in the Macclesfield policing area or who your local PCSO is, please visit www.cheshire.police.uk/local-policing/macclesfield