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Meeting members of Suffolk Constabulary’s Safer Neighbourhood Team for Lowestoft

Inside Suffolk Constabulary

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As part of a week’s filming in Suffolk Constabulary, PolicingTV Founder and Publisher, Bernard Rix, met four members of the force’s Safer Neighbourhood Team in Lowestoft.

Sergeant Richard Bemment sets the scene outside Lowestoft Police Station, with an overview of the work of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, and of a neighbourhood policing initiative being piloted in the town. This pilot initiative introduces “a new concept of beat officers into the town centre of Lowestoft”.

We then meet PC Christian Meen and PCSO Mike Soanes in the Triangle Market area of central Lowestoft, the force’s Harbour Ward. The two explain more about the new concept, which, in Mike’s words, is to “get us engaged with members of the public, work with our partners, and get embedded in Lowestoft Town Centre and High Street, to find out what we can do for people in Lowestoft and how we can help them”.

The final officer we meet from Lowestoft is PC Sarah Kibble who is very accustomed to cameras as she appeared in – and won! – series six of Channel 4 TV’s The Hunted. In this programme, as Sarah tells us, she was “a fugitive on the run for 23 days, being sought after by serving police officers, ex police officers and military personnel, and I had to evade capture for that amount of time”. Once Sarah has told us a little more about that experience, she tells us more about her perspective on the new policing initiative being piloted in Lowestoft: “I think it’s working really, really well, we’ve already got a reduction in reported ASB [Anti Social Behaviour] crimes, problem areas are being highlighted and targeted, it’s working really well and that’s evident because we’re all pushing for that one movement”.

Sergeant Richard Bemment then returns with some final remarks, to bring our visit to Lowestoft – the UK’s most easterly town – to a close.

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