NOTTS Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined forces with Harworth officers and councillors to learn more about issues affecting the north of the county.
Mr Tipping met with Pc Jim Martin and PCSO Kendra Jacob to tour the area to meet with residents and listen to their views and concerns about policing issues in the area.
They also met with Harworth and Bircotes town councillor David Challinor and executive officer Steve Bowman.
Mr Tipping said he found his visit to Harworth extremely useful in helping to gather crucial information about the major policing issues in the county.
“What struck me about the tour was the close working partnership between the police and Harworth and Bircotes Town Council, Bassetlaw Council and A1 Housing,” he said.
“It’s pretty clear that if we all work together we can improve the area and make it a safer place to be for all.”
“It’s also very clear that there’s a strong neighbourhood team in Harworth who all have the support and respect of the local community.”
After meeting with senior police chiefs, Mr Tipping went on a patch walk round the Wimpey estate through to Bawtry and Scrooby Road.
Pc Martin, who accompanied him on the tour, said he was pleased to see a shift in thinking about how police resources are used.
“There has been a tendency for things to go to the city but I think there’s been a big change in culture where officers are trying to get more directed towards rural areas,” he said.
“We talked about the location of Harworth and Bircotes and the importance of keeping response in Harworth.”
“It was previously based in Retford but it doesn’t work which damages people’s confidence in community safety.”
Coun David Challinor, also a Bassetlaw councillor, said it was a pleasure to accompany Mr Tipping around the area.
“He was shown the whole range of community partnership working, from the police to Bassetlaw Council, A1 Housing and Harworth and Bircotes Town Council,” he said.
“We are all working in partnership to make Harworth and Bircotes a better and safer place to live, and it was good to hear Mr Tipping say he would be more than happy to visit us again in the future.”