PCSO James Dancer Image Bedfordshire Police

I’m PCSO James Dancer and I work alongside PC Kerry Jones and PC Amanda Harvey as the local community officers for Wootton, amongst other areas.

As we transition into a different phase of ‘lockdown’, people are experiencing new found freedom as we return to local pubs, restaurants and shops again. For some people this new stage is exactly what they have been waiting for, but for others the easing of government guidance can bring a new set of worries.

For anyone reading this who may feel anxious about returning to normality, I’d like to let you know that your local policing team is still here. Policing hasn’t stopped throughout this pandemic and we are regularly patrolling your villages and continue to carry out our day-to-day work to protect people.

We have seen how people pull together as a community through these challenging times and we ask you to continue to look after one another, keep each other informed and share advice on how to keep safe. Whilst some of us look to do some home improvements after spending more time at home, please take a look on our website where there is a wealth of crime prevention on issues such as burglary and anti-social behaviour.

Unfortunately, we have started to receive reports again in relation to anti-social behaviour around the Village Hall and we are currently working on the best way to tackle this.

Day of Action in Wootton

We will be holding a day of action on Friday 31 July 2020, which gives residents the opportunity to come and speak to us or members of the council about any issues or concerns they want to raise.

We will be at Sainsburys in Folkes Way from 3pm to 3.45pm, the Village Hall car park in Church Rd from 5pm to 5.45pm and will be holding mobile patrols around the village from 4pm to 4.45pm.

If you’re experiencing any issues you can always let us know by reporting them online. It is a quick and easy way to submit any concerns. If you prefer talking to someone, you can use our 101 live web chat service, which will put you in touch with someone directly in our contact centre.

This way we can keep our phone lines open for urgent calls and build up a report to help fight crime in your area. All of your reports create part of the intelligence to inform our patrols and really do help us to tackle local problem areas.

You can also sign up to Beds Alert, which is an email messaging system powered by Neighbourhood Alert, which allows you to get the most up-to-date communications from us, including news, appeals and advice.

The Have Your Say survey is also another way in which you can help us determine the priorities for your area and provide us with a better understanding of the issues that are effecting you.

For information about coronavirus and guidance around the easing of the restrictions, please visit the government ‘s website.

Please continue to stay alert and help us keep Bedfordshire safe.

PCSO James Dancer