Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch

Police Crime Commissioner praised by community volunteers.

PCC praised by community volunteers marking Neighbourhood Watch Week.

Crime prevention volunteers in Derbyshire have thanked the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa for his unwavering support as the nation marks Neighbourhood Watch Week.

Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch works in close partnership with the Commissioner and played a pivotal role in the relaunch of Derbyshire Alert in 2016 – the police messaging service providing residents and businesses with instant information that could reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Since then, the PCC has continuously supported the organisation to increase safety across the county and ensure NHW volunteers play an active role in decision-making processes impacting on public safety.

The Commissioner’s support enabled the organisation to launch a Neighbourhood Innovation Fund during 2019/20 to allow NHW schemes to apply for funding to introduce new ideas to promote safety.

Grants awarded through the scheme helped fund a new community allotment, dash cams in an area impacted by antisocial driving and NHW dustbin stickers for several schemes to advertise the organisation’s presence in the community.

In addition, the PCC has agreed to fund a new website for Derbyshire NHW to encourage people to sign up to Derbyshire Alert which is due to launch in July. 

Lynn Farrar, Chair of Derbyshire NHW, said: “We hold NHW events throughout the year and can always count on Hardyal to attend, especially our AGM which is held in November. 

“He always praises the work our volunteers carry out and makes an extra effort to reward those who have gone the extra mile.  He has also invited members of our Board to attend the Strategic Priorities Board with the Chief Constable’s management team which has provided us with an insight into the work of both the Police and OPCC.  

“Communications and relationships are much improved as a result of us understanding the requirements the Home Office sets for the Police and how they are required to report to the PCC. We are very grateful for Hardyal’s support.”

Neighbourhood Watch Week is taking place between June 7-14 and this year’s theme is Let’s Stay Connected in tribute to the outpouring of kindness and neighbourliness shown during the pandemic.

In support of the week, Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m delighted to be working so closely with Derbyshire NHW and would like to thank volunteers for the huge contribution they make to safety in the county.

“Their passion and drive has ensured Derbyshire Police is better connected to the communities it services and is able to reach vulnerable people who might otherwise be suffering alone or in isolation.

“NHW is also driving down crime rates in the neighbourhoods it is active and I’ve no doubt it is reducing fear of crime for many residents. I will continue to do everything I can to increase the number of groups in Derbyshire and support the organisation’s activities. NHW is a vital partner and resource for the county, helping to reduce the opportunity for criminals to operate.”