Tony Lloyd and Cllr Colin Lambert taking part in the R0chdale community event with Greater Manchester Police.
Greater Manchester Police has worked with local agencies to offer residents of Spotland and Falinge support and advice, over a two-day community engagement exercise in the area.
The Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership addressed issues, clamped down on crime and met with residents at the Abbeydale Flats in Lower Falinge on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April.
Residents were offered support through the presence of teams from the council, police, housing associations and community volunteer groups, who are working together to combat problems that residents face in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Over a two day period GMP and Community Safety Officers took to the streets to talk to residents, gathering intelligence on issues that concern them and providing practical security and safety advice.
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd visited the event on Friday afternoon together with the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Peter Rush.
“This Friday and Saturday provided an important opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the work GMP, Rochdale Council and other agencies are currently doing in Rochdale to protect their community. It’s so important that police, councils, other agencies and – most importantly of all – local people work together as that is the key to building safer and stronger neighbourhoods.”
“Rochdale Council should receive particular recognition for arranging this event. They are leading the way in looking at how public services can be made to work for the local community’s specific needs.” Tony Lloyd
Friday saw Rochdale North police officers carry out free safe plating at the Police Outpost at Abbydale Falinge and Lidl, and Neighbourhood Beat Officers from across Rochdale North were present to meet with members of the public and discuss any issues, also encouraging people to sign up to a Home Watch scheme.
PCSOs patrolled the local areas to remove untaxed vehicles and visit vulnerable and elderly residents, while Rochdale Borough Housing Officers visited the Falinge Estate, carrying out a series of walkabouts to address any housing issues affecting tenants.
Insp Michelle Hughes from the GMP Rochdale team said:
“These days of action have been a great way for officers to meet the local community and get to know their real concerns, face to face. There has been a great deal of policing work here in recent months in order to improve the area and we think the positives are starting to shine through.
“Working with partner agencies is key to ensuring that all aspects of crime and disorder in the area are dealt with, and the law abiding residents are able to feel safe and happy within their community.”
Councillor Sultan Ali, Cabinet Member for Strengthening Communities at Rochdale Borough Council, added:
“These days are a two-way process – us giving out information but also a chance for local people to report issues in confidence. It’s time for action and that’s exactly what the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership is here for.”