The current pandemic and resulting restrictions placed upon our everyday lives has meant that we have been unable to hold our usual Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meetings where we traditionally meet to discuss local concerns and issues, provide updates on police action and vote in our next community policing priorities. In line with our responsibilities under Section 34 Police Reform and Social Responsibilities Act 2011 in relation to holding Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meetings across our neighbourhoods we hold these SNAP meetings every 3 months in each of Breckland’s 5 towns of Swaffham, Dereham, Watton, Thetford and Attleborough and in an effort to ensure that our community policing priorities remain current and reflect what is important to local residents during the summer months we have been exploring new, innovative ways to seek your opinions and set our quarterly priorities.
We believe that it is important that our policing priorities are set by the local community for the local community. In Swaffham the SNAP has an independent Chair and in Thetford the Safer Thetford Action Group (STAG) equivalent of SNAP is truly independent with its own panel made up of two Chairs and a Secretary. This model adopted by the STAG with its overarching control and key decision making has proved very successful and to that end we are looking to replicate this model in Safer Neighbourhood Action Panels in the other towns. You may have seen mention of this in our most recent Parish Newsletter – and indeed, some of you have already been in touch with me.
I am sending this email to you as a key independent network contact with an established interest in the local community to seek views from yourself/your community contacts in becoming part of a local SNAP member. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with your community and local police, working together to identify local issues and priorities within your neighbourhood with a view to keeping your neighbourhood as safe a place to live, work and visit.
Please could I ask you raise this in your community and if it is something you or your contacts may be interested in please contact me via my email of [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or call me on my mobile of 07766990802 where I can provide further details.
PC 898 Gilluley, Community Engagement Officer