Policing the Future paying dividends, says force

The police opened a pop-up shop in Kettering last Friday to speak to members of the public about the Policing the Future project
The police opened a pop-up shop in Kettering last Friday to speak to members of the public about the Policing the Future project
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The inspector leading a scheme launched last year to trial new ideas which will help police in the future has seen a range of new initiatives.

Northamptonshire Police launched its Policing the Future project last September, focusing on creating new initiatives in the All Saints and William Knibb area of Kettering and in Oundle.

Insp Julie Mead, Futures programme inspector, said the project has resulted in hundreds of hours spent by police officers on the beat in those key areas of Kettering and Oundle.

She added: “We have been getting really positive feedback from people, particularly regarding things like street drinking.

“People have been telling us that they have not seen street drinking for months, while it might have been more common before.”

The project has seen police working with a number of different partners such as Kettering Council and Neighbourhood Watch in a bid to engage better with people in the community.

Insp Mead said: “We want to make sure we are all reaching for the same goals and that is now happening.”

In Oundle, several parish constables, who are trained to police their own community, have been appointed.

Insp Mead said: “The front desk at Oundle Police Station has now closed but we will be moving in to Fletton House to take a room there where people will be able to speak to police staff.

“We have more ideas in the pipeline for both Kettering and Oundle.”