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Tony Lloyd meets Oldham Home Watch members

Tony LLoyd visits Oldham

The Police and Crime Commissioner met Home Watch members in Oldham on Monday 4 March as they set out the future vision for the scheme across the borough.

The meeting, attended by Oldham’s Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Cath Hankinson and neighbourhood officers, brought together representatives from Home Watch schemes across Oldham and was a chance for them to air their concerns and discuss how Home Watch can be strengthened.

Tony said: “Neighbourhood policing only works if the community is on board and Home Watch plays a central role in achieving this. Home Watch members are pillars of the community, the eyes and ears of our neighbourhoods, which is why they are such a vital link between local people and the police.

“Listening to Home Watch members in Oldham last night, it was clear that they are passionate about their community. That’s why it’s important to have frank and open meetings like these, so I and the police can not only listen to their concerns but also work together with Home Watch members to address those concerns and build on the partnership working.”

Shirley Holt, from Lees and Hey Home Watch and a Home Watch co-ordinator for more than 30 years, thanked Tony for coming along to the meeting at Lees Library.

She said: “I’m really pleased with how the meeting went and being able to bring all the Home Watch schemes together. I’m looking forward to building on these links, sharing information and promoting Home Watch to encourage more people to get involved.”

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