Protect 2016 showcases policing
The turn of the month has seen Warwickshire Police running Protect 2016, a campaign designed to 'open the window on policing' across the county. Showcasing the wide breadth of work that goes into keeping the county safe, officers, police staff and volunteers have been highlighting their day-to-day activities, from carrying out arrest warrants to conducting licensing checks, crime prevention initiatives and tackling anti-social behaviour.
During the 10-days of Protect, I joined officers in Alcester as they worked with local shops and businesses to combat anti-social behaviour; visited a cycle safety event in Warwick and also took part in a live 24-hour Tweetathon last week, in which the force tweeted anonymised details of every call to 999 and 101. It certainly provided a very vivid illustration of the varied incidents that police deal with - many of them relating to protecting people from harm rather than more traditional crime.
Protect is continuing across the weekend and tonight I will be joining officers on patrol in Leamington town centre, which will give me the opportunity to see for myself some of the initiatives which have led to the town's Purple Flag status for having a safe and vibrant night-time economy. I'll have an update on my experiences in next month's newsletter.