Get the message on police activity in the area

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, Claire Woods, Phil Butwell, Stephen Yates, Katrina Fleet and chief constable Pat Geenty at the launch of the new police messaging system

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, Claire Woods, Phil Butwell, Stephen Yates, Katrina Fleet and chief constable Pat Geenty at the launch of the new police messaging system

First published in News

POLICE in West Swindon have signed up half of their target to the new community messaging system which went live this week as the scheme was officially launched by Chief Constable Pat Geenty.

The Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging system allows neighbourhood police to send instant alerts via email or text to local areas, and cost £11,000 to set up from the office of the Police And Crime Commissioner.

PC Steve Yeates, the beat manager for Toothill and Freshbrook, said the scheme would work better as more people sign up.

“I’m hoping for at least 200 people to sign up in the sector and we are halfway there,” he said.

“The more people who sign up the more effective it will be.

“It is going to increase the number of people we are able to keep updated, and they can reply to any messages we send if they have relevant information.”

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “One of the big complaints we get from the public is that we do not keep them updated or give them feedback after they contact us.

“This system will help us do both, along with letting them know what’s happening in their area.

“We have been trying to do something like this for years and the NPT have tried to update the neighbourhood watch groups.

“This system is simple and effective.

To join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging or to find out more visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk.

It will not be monitored 24 hours a day so people should call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

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11:33am Fri 22 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

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Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “One of the big complaints we get from the public is that we do not keep them updated or give them feedback after they contact us.
“This system will help us do both,
UNQUOTE

How?

Mrs Smith rings you to complain about Anti Social Behaviour in Ruskin Avenue! How do you give her updates and feedback over a public system? Do you name her? If you do, she will be homeless by the end of the week.
If you don't name her, she won't know you have responded to her call.

There is one simple way to provide updates and feedback to individual members of the public who contact you about stuff and that is to contact them and tell them.
QUOTE Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “One of the big complaints we get from the public is that we do not keep them updated or give them feedback after they contact us. “This system will help us do both, UNQUOTE How? Mrs Smith rings you to complain about Anti Social Behaviour in Ruskin Avenue! How do you give her updates and feedback over a public system? Do you name her? If you do, she will be homeless by the end of the week. If you don't name her, she won't know you have responded to her call. There is one simple way to provide updates and feedback to individual members of the public who contact you about stuff and that is to contact them and tell them. The Real Librarian
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2:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
and cost £11,000 to set up from the office of the Police And Crime Commissioner.

No, it cost £11,000 to set up from the pocket of the taxpayer, and will continue to cost the taxpayer for it to be operated and maintained. Just like the PCC costs the taxpayer £70,000 a year in salary, and a further £1 Million for him to lavish on such projects as "Swindon youth for Christ", a mobile youth club van, a support group for sex offenders, and this innovative means of further distancing police officers from their communities.
The very least you could do, Adver, is correctly credit the people who are obliged to pay for it all.
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: and cost £11,000 to set up from the office of the Police And Crime Commissioner. [/quote] No, it cost £11,000 to set up from the pocket of the taxpayer, and will continue to cost the taxpayer for it to be operated and maintained. Just like the PCC costs the taxpayer £70,000 a year in salary, and a further £1 Million for him to lavish on such projects as "Swindon youth for Christ", a mobile youth club van, a support group for sex offenders, and this innovative means of further distancing police officers from their communities. The very least you could do, Adver, is correctly credit the people who are obliged to pay for it all. Hmmmf
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1:37am Sun 24 Aug 14

Isthisthebestswindon cando says...

May I suggest the revolutionary idea of putting officers back "on the beat" to deter crime. It apparently worked in our parents era - so why not now???
May I suggest the revolutionary idea of putting officers back "on the beat" to deter crime. It apparently worked in our parents era - so why not now??? Isthisthebestswindon cando
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