Earlier this year, we wrote to all residents in College Bank, Lower Falinge, and Freehold about our proposals to change the way that neighbourhood security and CCTV services are delivered. We are very grateful to all the residents who provided feedback on our plans.
You told us that security continues to be a high priority for residents of College Bank, which is why we want to deliver a service which provides the most assurance to you, and tackles the issues you have raised.
The Community Guardians will be there to be present and visible around the community, something we know is a deterrent to anti-social behaviour. There was some feedback around the name. We have chosen the title ‘Guardians’ rather than ‘Security’ as they will be trusted members of the community who will build relationships with residents and work together to stop issues as they arise. We also expect them to work closely with the local police to reduce anti-social behaviour, but they are not there to physically intervene, and will call the police when necessary.
The team will start their induction on 1st December. We are going to monitor the new service to ensure that we are reducing anti-social behaviour and improving the neighbourhoods in the ways we anticipate. We will keep all residents informed and we always appreciate your feedback – positive and otherwise – to help us improve our services.
We are currently recruiting to our team of Community Guardians and we’d love to receive applications from local residents who are interested in joining the team. Visit the vacancies page on our website now to find out more and to apply – the closing date is Sunday 1st November.