Lisa Earle, Community Project Officer, Arena Homes and Diane Maddock from Cosmopolitan recently handed over 2 shiny new police equipped bicycles to the new PCSO's who will be policing the town centre areas of St Helens. The bikes were handed over at Reflection Court in St Helens by Customer Service Manager Christine Clifford and ASB officer Jill Roberts. Newly appointed Inspector for the ward David Westby also attended to show his thanks for the bikes and for the commitment shown by us to help to tackle crime in the area. Inspector Westby said "This type of partnership work is essential to help reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in St.Helens. These Mountain Bikes will enable the Police Community Support Officers to provide a more effective response to calls of anti-social behaviour. The bikes provide a means of transport allowing the officers to call at the problem areas more frequently during their shift helping to provide reassurance and support to the affected residents and preventing a resumption of the disorder."
Lisa Earle said "We are committed to supporting the agencies who police our communities and St Helens town centre is notoriously difficult to reach in a hurry using traditional methods of transport. We are delighted to have provided one of the new bicycles for the area and will continue to support any initiative which may reduce ASB, crime or fear of crime within the neighbourhoods which we serve. Our residents decide how they want us to support them and working in partnership with other agencies to reduce crime is high on their list of priorities, we will always strive to tailor our services to the needs of our residents".