Police alerts system to be reviewed
The system for passing on police alerts throughout the community is under review.
The local neighbourhood watch group is meeting to find out why some homes were missed out when an alert was issued in December.
A system has been in place for several years, but feedback to this site revealed that an alert, issued after a woman was attacked in Gobions in December, failed to be passed on throughout the community.
Areas missed out include parts of Calder Avenue, Brookmans Avenue, Bradmore Green, and Pine Grove.
The way it is supposed to work is that the Community Police Officer, Vojislav Mihailovic, contacts the secretary for the Brookmans Park and Little Heath Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, Brenda Harris.
Brenda then passes the information on to her nine co-ordinators, scattered throughout the community. They then contact a larger team of more than 80 local co-ordinators who have responsibility for alerting between 10 and 15 homes in their patch.
Brenda Harris says not all areas of the local community are covered by the scheme because not all people want to be involved, however Pine Grove, Calder Avenue, and Brookmans Avenue should have been covered.
The issue of how alerts are passed on will now be top of the agenda when the Neighbourhood Watch Group meets on Thursday 29 January.
If you are not receiving the regular newsletters and crime alerts through your door, but want to be included, you might need to contact the Brookmans Park and Little Heath Neighbourhood Watch Scheme to see who your nearest co-ordinator is and whether your house can be included.
You can contact Brenda Harris on 01707-655355. You can also contact the community police team on 01707-638112, if you have any information regarding the Gobions incidents.
Local residents have been discussing this issue in this site’s forum.
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