A ‘Community Cop Shop’ will open in Corby town centre later this week.
The shop, in Corporation Street, will provide a base for officers from the Corby Safer Community Teams while they patrol the town to prevent shoplifting in the run-up to Christmas. People will be able to visit the shop and talk to officers about any concerns they may have.
The official launch will take place on Thursday (November 22) at 11am. Officers will be joined by the Mayor of Corby, Cllr Mohammed Rahman, and the shop will be opened by Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost.
Local officers will be joined by staff from other departments and partner agencies such as the anti-social behaviour unit, alcohol harm reduction, police staff volunteers and members of the Special Constabulary, and the shop will be open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week.
Corby Inspector Carl Sturman said: “We welcome anyone who lives, visits or works in Corby to come along to the opening of the shop, and we look forward to meeting and speaking to people who visit the town centre over the festive period.
“We will also be running initiatives from the shop such as security marking mobility scooters to address some recent concerns. As part of this initiative, we will be providing advice and support about hate crimes as well as taking this scheme out into the community for those that may miss us in town.
“We will also make details of events available from the shop. The concept of the ‘community cop shop’ is part of the wider initiative in Corby to forge links with members of the public and retail partners.
“Information sharing, early warning systems and crime prevention strategies are all being developed to ensure shopping is a pleasant and safe experience for all visitors to the town.”
Leader of Corby Council, Tom Beattie, said: “In partnership with the police, our Community Safety Officers will be able to use the Community Cop Shop as somewhere to promote activities and initiatives, but most of all they will be able to use it as another outlet in which to work closely with our residents to help reduce crime throughout the borough.
“We look forward to the opening this week and hope to see many members of the community popping in to see what work is taking place.”