Home Watch provides a vital link between the police and local communities, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner told Bury residents earlier this month.
Jim Battle was speaking at the Bury Home Watch Conference at Bury Town Hall, which brought together Home Watch members from across the town.
Organised by the Bury and Districts Home Watch Association, the event was also attended by Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Tim Forber who outlined his vision of the future of policing in Bury.
Jim said: “Neighbourhood policing only works if communities are on board. Home Watch provides that vital link between the police and local people and we need to strengthen this relationship and encourage more people to join Home Watch if we are to build safer neighbourhoods across Bury and Greater Manchester.
“This conference was an opportunity to do just that and it was interesting to hear some of the ideas being shared.”
Neighbourhood officers updated residents about the work they are doing with young people including the new police cadets scheme that’s been launched at Broad Oak Sports College.
Attendees also found out more about Restorative Justice Panels which involves community members dealing with issues such as neighbour disputes, anti-social behaviour and minor criminal damage.
The conference took place at Bury Town Hall on Thursday 24 October 2013.