Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe is supporting Protect 2016, a 10-day initiative which will ‘open the window on policing’ in the county.
The Warwickshire Police initiative is designed to showcase the wide breadth of work that goes into keeping the county safe, allowing the public to see behind the scenes and get a better idea of how the force responds to incidents and crimes.
Protect 2016 begins this Friday (October 28) and for the following 10 days will see officers and police staff showcasing the work they carry out each day, from carrying out arrest warrants to conducting licensing checks, crime prevention initiatives and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Among the many activities taking place across the 10 days, Mr Seccombe will be joining a Safer Neighbourhood Team to see how they are working with local businesses to tackle anti-social behaviour over Halloween; attending a Safe Cycling event in Leamington and joining officers on patrol in Leamington on a busy Friday night.
He’ll also be calling into the force’s Operations and Communications Centre to take part in a 24-hour Tweetathon, which will see the force tweeting an anonymised outline of every call it receives via 101 and 999. The Tweetathon will run from 7am on Friday 28 October with Tweets being sent from @warkspolice1 and using the hashtag #OpProtect.
Mr Seccombe said: “It has been eye-opening for me getting to understand the amount and sheer variety of work that goes into policing since I took office earlier this year, so I think it’s great that Warwickshire Police is giving residents their own opportunity to see for themselves what goes on each and every day to keep our communities safe.
“As I have been around the county and visited with officers, police staff and volunteers, I have been greatly impressed with their dedication and professionalism. There is no doubt that policing can very challenging and there is a great deal of work that the public would ordinarily not get the opportunity to see. I hope that, through the 10 days of Protect, the public will get a true appreciation of how the police operates and how the force works with other emergency services and partner organisations.”
You can find out more about #OpProtect at www.warwickshire.police.uk.