Dozens of people meet local policing team – and Wicky Bear

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Police say dozens of people took advantage of an opportunity to meet local officers at their latest “Cuppa with a copper” event on Monday, February 11.

Members of the public were invited in to speak to the safer community team in Gold Street, Kettering, where free crime prevention items were handed out. Youngsters from the police cadets and the Jam in the Hood initiative were also present.

PCC Adam Simmonds with Katie Franklin (16), Danielle Underwood (17) and Caragh Brannan (16)

PCC Adam Simmonds with Katie Franklin (16), Danielle Underwood (17) and Caragh Brannan (16)

The event is the latest of what has become a monthly service.

They were also visited by Wicksteed Park’s mascot Wicky Bear as well as Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds, who insisted the event was a vital part of reaching out to the community.

“This is police outreach,” Mr Simmonds said. “It takes people into more of a relaxed environment.”

Sgt Julie Mead, from the Kettering safer community team, said the police wanted to let people know how and what they were doing for them.

She added: “We have got to be flexible to the needs of the community and actually bring these meetings to them.

“People are in town anyway, and we’re giving them free tea and coffee and we get the opportunity to speak to them when it’s not taking time out of their day that they can ill afford.”