A community cop shop has been set up to help battle retail crime in Corby.
The shop in Corporation Street, Corby, will help police prevent shoplifting in the run-up to Christmas.
The shop will provide a base for officers from the Corby Safer Community Teams while patrolling the town to prevent crime this festive period.
It will also offer a welcoming environment for people to visit and talk to officers about any concerns they may have.
Corby Inspector Carl Sturman has said that the shop, which opened last week, welcomes all visitors and the police hope to meet a lot of people during the festive period.
He said: “We welcome anyone who lives, visits or works in Corby to come along to the shop, and we look forward to meeting and speaking to people who visit the town centre over the festive period.”
Local officers will be joined at the shop 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.
The ‘cop shop’ will have members of the force to speak to at all times and will be open between 10am and 4pm, seven days a week.
Inspector Carl Sturman added that a number of new initiatives will be launched from the shop during the winter months. He said: “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.”
He said: “We will also make details of events available from the shop, such as the series of seminars on women’s safety which will be held in 16 locations in and around Corby in the coming months. 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.”
Crime prevention aids on a variety of topics will be on offer to help prevent people becoming a victim of crime.
The shop was officially launched on Thursday, November 22. Officers were joined by the mayor of Corby, Cllr Mohammed Rahman, and the shop was opened by Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost.
Meanwhile, Northants Police has launched a focused operation this Christmas to ensure licensed premises are abiding by the law.