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New agreement boosts crime fight in North Yorkshire

New agreement boosts crime fight in North Yorkshire

4:35pm 8th October 2010
(Updated 4:36pm 8th October 2010)

The fight against crime and anti-social behaviour has been boosted with a new partnership agreement between the police and Neighbourhood Watch.

In association with North Yorkshire Police Authority, the formalised agreement aims to improve quality and consistency in all aspects of the Neighbourhood Watch schemes, throughout North Yorkshire and the City of York.

All parties involved in the agreement have made certain pledges to deliver services which will contribute to the development of Neighbourhood Watch across the county.

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell, who signed the agreement on behalf of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"We are committed to developing stronger partnerships within our communities.

"This agreement recognises the regard in which we hold the Neighbourhood Watch Association and our commitment to working with them to deliver the service which our residents demand and deserve.

"Neighbourhood Watch members and coordinators give our officers fantastic support in reporting incidents and helping solve local issues, and I am sure this agreement will only strengthen that partnership."

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK.

The scheme involves over eight million households and actively promotes good citizenship and cohesion within the community, encouraging participation with the police and other partners to maintain and improve quality of life in the community and assist in the prevention of crime.

Steve Law, Chairman of North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, said:

"We now have over 5000 established schemes across York and North Yorkshire, led by coordinators who are all committed to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour within our communities and making them a better place to live."

North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association has pledged to monitor and report anti-social behaviour, identify issues of local concern, and provide reassurance to local residents, reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.

North Yorkshire Police have promised to provide crime reduction information, neighbourhood newsletters and local events, provide feedback to coordinators on actionable intelligence passed via watch members, and promote the use of Crimestoppers.

The partnership will be overseen by North Yorkshire Police Authority who will conduct an annual review and ensure continued development of the agreement. More information can be found at www.northyorkshire.police.uk or www.nynhwa.co.uk.

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