07 Jul 2017

PCSOs in Powys are adopting Post Offices to provide reassurance and spread crime prevention messages in key locations.

Since April 2016 a pilot has been running at 12 Post Offices in the division, and has proved so successful that it is now being rolled out officially.

The Adopt a Post Office scheme sees Neighbourhood Policing Teams regularly visiting Post Offices at peak times, speaking with customers and members of staff to ensure that strong links are maintained within communities.

PCSOs can also arrange for crime prevention advice leaflets and posters to be displayed at the Post Office, and to hold regular community surgeries at the location.

The scheme is a national model, and has been proven to improve relationships between Post Office staff and the police, giving people the confidence to report potential criminal behaviour.

Dyfed-Powys Police Partnerships Inspector Stuart Eckley said: “Post Offices are key locations where members of the community, particularly the elderly and those living in rural areas, regularly visit. This makes them an ideal place in which we can interact with the public.

“People may have something on their mind they’d like to discuss with an officer but don’t go out of their way to visit a police station or call 101 as they don’t feel it’s significant enough.

“The aim is to reach residents we might otherwise struggle to engage with. We’ll be passing on important information like warning against distraction burglary, bogus callers and courier fraud.

“After the success of our Adopt a Post Office trial it made sense for us to ‘adopt’ Post Offices across Powys in some of our key communities. We have found the scheme to be very beneficial so far, and hope that we can replicate these benefits across the county.”

The launch event will take place at Llandrinio Post Office, where a positive relationship has been forged with local officers.

Post Office Head of Security Operations Mark Raymond added: “We are always looking to create new partnerships with the police which will benefit not just our two organisations, but the community as a whole.

“The Post Office remains at the heart of communities up and down the country, and we are happy to provide locations in Dyfed-Powys for the police to utilise, in terms of liaising with customers and conveying key security messages.”

The scheme will be officially launched at Llandrinio Post Office at 11am on Thursday, July 13.