Community Street Watch

Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer coordinator who keeps a volunteer list and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.

The Parish Council and Bedfordshire Police will be considering options to establish this formally but there are currently no approved schemes in place.

Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website and a minimum of 5 to 7 volunteers are needed to start a Street Watch Scheme.
The neighbourhood policing team can provide guidance and recommendations on areas that may need patrolling.
If volunteers spot suspicious activity they should report it to the police but not get involved.
It's about showing a presence and not about confrontation.

To become a Clophill Street Watch volunteer, you must be willing and able to commit at least 2 hrs of your time per month.

Volunteers must provide ID and need to pass a vetting process to assess their suitability for the role. Full training and an induction program is provided.
Once volunteers have successfully passed this process, they will be provided with appropriate clothing and a kit bag.
Volunteers are fully insured by Beds Police and will complete their first few patrols with a Police officer.

During any walk abouts or patrols you will need to wear high visibility vests provided, which display the StreetWatch and Police logo.
This identifies you as a member of the relevant scheme and you will be given specific access to communicate with the Police whilst our on walks should you require it.

Members of Street Watch must be 18 years or older.

Anyone interested in helping with any of the schemes should email nw@clophill-pc.gov.uk or contact James Stirling – Clerk to the Parish Council - on 01462 887 226.

The following link has more detail on the scheme.

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