A new team of police officers are walking the beat in Rushden town centre.
PCs Matt Hart and Dave Parsons and PCSO Kev Lumbis are now the three main police contacts for the town centre and they will be holding surgeries which residents can attend.
They will not only be working to prevent thefts and shoplifting over the forthcoming festive period, but they will also be placing great emphasis on preventing anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime and violent crime.
PC Matt Hart said: “We are local to this community and we are passionate about the area.
“This is the area which we live in, so we want to make it a safe place and we are passionate about taking the time to deal with these offenders.”
The team is keen to clamp-down on persistent offenders in the area.
Known criminals who have a track record of committing serious crimes in the town have been sent letters warning them that they will be locked up if they are caught offending.
PC Parsons said one of the team’s current priorities was to ensure that people in Rushden do not become victims of crime over the festive period.
He said: “We want to make sure that members of the public get to enjoy the festive period rather than have any issues with shoplifters, anti-social behaviour or alcohol-related crime.
“We will also be providing preventative information for the public regarding burglaries and general auto crime.”
PCSO Lumbis added: “The mobile police station will also be at key locations in the town for people to come and report any issues or seek advice.”
The officers also paid tribute to their colleague, PC Chris ‘Silver Fox’ Johnston, who retired this week.