A community police officer has been moved to Wellingborough town centre in a move described as reinforcing its “safety credentials”.
It is part of a campaign to make the town centre safer and comes on the back of the first in a series of intelligence sharing meetings between businesses and police known as Coffee with Cops.
Jay Shean, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), has been assigned to the town centre.
John Cable, the manager of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which works to promote the town centre, has been at the heart of the campaign.
He said: “The return of Jay to the town centre is wonderful news for the town centre, wonderful news for the traders and wonderful news for shoppers.
“It reinforces the safety credentials of our great town centre.
“We believe Wellingborough is already the safest place to visit and shop in the county with low crime rates and increasing anecdotal evidence to support this.
“Having a dedicated PCSO will make Wellingborough even safer.”
Sgt Simon Moreton, of the Wellingborough Town Centre Safer Community Team, said: “What we are trying to do is improve the image of the town centre by making it a nice place to come and shop.
“This move is another demonstration of our commitment to the town centre.”
The first Coffee with Cops meeting took place on Wednesday, February 25, with the aim of further improving the town centre.
The meeting, which will take place every quarter, was organised by the BID, which is paid for by businesses.
Business owners and representatives said the town was a “pleasant place to do business” but raised street drinkers and cyclists riding on pavements as current challenges.