New Mobile Police Station for Easingwold
2:19pm 30th April 2014
This summer North Yorkshire Police are bringing policing services into the heart of rural communities with a regular mobile police office service in the centre of Easingwold.
Following a successful three-week pilot scheme in the Craven area, the scheme is being rolled out for 28 weeks from April to October 2014.
For the next six months, the mobile police office will be a regular presence in Easingwold with Helmsley incorporated into the scheme at a later date.
The mobile police office will be staffed by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and an Organisational Support Officer (OSO). OSOs are members of police staff who work on the front counter in police stations across the county.
They will be able to provide many of the services which are available at larger police stations. These include:
- Reporting an incident
- Reporting lost and found property
- Production of driving documents
- General crime prevention advice
Members of the public will also be able to talk to staff about anything which concerns them and obtain advice on what to do next.
Staff will also be able to provide advice and guidance about the services including Rural Watch and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
The scheme began in Easingwold on Friday 25 April. It will operate on each market day subject to staffing and operational demand. For a full list of dates, please check the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/mpo. Posters will also be displayed locally.
Head of Local Policing, Temporary Chief Superintendent Lisa Winward, said: “The mobile police office scheme allows us to take our services right into the centre of our local towns.
“By being proactive and taking our services into busy areas, we are able to engage with many more people including those who may not be in a position to, or have the time to attend a police station.
“Within the first hour of opening at Easingwold market on Friday (25 April 2014) , there was already a steady stream of visitors who were able to obtain advice and guidance on the spot.
“The trial scheme in the Craven area was also very well received by members of the public and staff alike. If you are passing, why not stop by and have a chat, we will be happy to help you.”
If you cannot attend a police station, there are many other ways you can contact North Yorkshire Police.
To report a crime or incident, call North Yorkshire Police on the non-emergency number 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.
In an emergency, if your safety is threatened or you see a crime taking place, please always call 999.
You can also find lots of crime prevention advice and the latest news on the force website www.northyorkshire.police.uk or follow @NYorksPolice on Twitter or via Facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice
Picture: Organisational Support Officer Sarah Gardiner and PCSO Lucy Walker at Easingwold market place.
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