Police meet and greet in Weston

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick with Spalding PCSO Colin Abbotts and CCTV volunteer Clarke Converse at Baytree Nurseries for a police engagement day. 'Photo:  SG300813-129TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick with Spalding PCSO Colin Abbotts and CCTV volunteer Clarke Converse at Baytree Nurseries for a police engagement day. 'Photo: SG300813-129TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Visitors to Baytree Nurseries, Weston, had some surprise VIPs among them as part of a countywide police engagement exercise over the summer.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alan Hardwick and Assistant Chief Constable Keith Smy were guests of the garden centre on Friday when they met residents concerned about policing in South Holland.

The event was one of seven across Lincolnshire between August 14 and September 8 involving police officers, volunteers and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

Mr Hardwick said: “It was really good and I enjoyed meeting some wonderful people, including volunteers who have spent days working in the CCTV control room at Spalding Police Station.

“They are a classic example of people who are willing to giving something back to their community by finding the time to help the police and they get a great deal of satisfaction out of it.”

Mr Smy said: “This was a great opportunity for us to find out what issues are important to people and what they think of the service we are providing.

“By listening to what our communities really care about, we can build our policing models around that and make sure people are getting the service they want and deserve.”