Boston and South Holland Newsletter - December 2023
As we move towards the end of the year it is of course a time to reflect on what has been achieved over the last three months, but also over the year.
An important milestone for the Safer Together Team was reaching our third year of operating together and when I look back on the early days when we were first established to where we are now as far as our local communities, partners and policing colleagues are concerned,5 it is really satisfying to see how we have become part of the established support network across the county.
Highlight of this quarter has been the Police and Crime survey which was conducted during November into early December and consulted the public on questions such as how they rated the effectiveness of Lincolnshire Police and how they treat the victims of crime, fear of crime and what level of council tax they would support. Results of the consultation will be known in the new year.
So during the period of the survey I was busy in my usual locations on Boston and Spalding markets but had the added bonus of working with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and South Holland District Council on a stand at the Spalding Christmas Fair which proved to be a really busy day and I can only apologise to the parents and guardians of the young people who got stuck into having their finger prints taken whilst they filled in the survey, the ink would have come off eventually. A first for the surveys this year was engaging with the RAF community by having a presence in the HIVE at RAF Cranwell and being supported by the RAF Police to distribute information on the survey to the other HIVES and bases around the county. It was also however good to have a coffee with the Chatter and Natter group in Deeping St Nicholas whilst they filled in the survey.
On of the big successes during this period was being given access to the students in Boston College and I can only thank the staff for allowing me the opportunity to gate crash so many lessons and talk to the students and get them to fill in the survey. Over three hundred young people completed it.
Of course, the usual activity has continued during this quarter with me attending the Spalding Pumpkin festival, Boston Community Leaders, Boston and Spalding Community Alcohol Partnerships, Lincolnshire Veterans and families as well as the Armed Forces Covenant Board and the first Police and Crime Commissioner/Lincolnshire Police online link up with Parish Councils in South Holland and Boston.
Finally, just to let you know of a change within the Safer Together Team. Kimberly Pickett has now taken over as the team member for East Lindsey.