Community Policing Shop returns to Swindon town centre

9 July 2019

The Community Policing Shop is making a welcome return to Swindon town centre this summer.

Swindon Community Policing Team South have been donated a retail space inside The Brunel Shopping Centre for the shop, which was first introduced back in November and was a huge success. Over 1,100 members of the public paid the shop a visit during the festive period to engage with officers and a number of partner agencies at the venue.

The initiative is being supported by The Brunel Shopping Centre, inSwindon BID and the Bobby Van.

PC Paul Bezzant, of the Swindon South Community Policing Team, said: “The Community Policing Shop was a really big success and we are really pleased that we have been donated this space over the summer so we can continue to engage with members of the public in this way.

“Quite often we find that people prefer the face-to-face contact to raise any concerns or ask for any advice, so we would encourage people to pay us a visit in our new premises.”

Whilst the agenda for the shop is to be confirmed, it will include opportunities for the public to engage with local Community Policing Team officers, and be given crime prevention advice and a better understanding of the policing work in their communities.

Di Powell, inSwindon BID CEO, said: “This project was awarded the ‘Certificate of Recognition for Members of the Public’ at the Wiltshire Police Awards Ceremony last month. The award recognises the importance of providing opportunities for members of the public to meet with their community police force."

Rob Faulkner, site facilities manager, said: “We are excited to be able to help Wiltshire Police with their second Community Policing Shop, by providing them with a unit to use for the duration. Last year saw lots of visitors popping in and talking with police officers and members of other agencies like the Bobby Van and South Western Ambulance Service Trust and was well received by everyone who visited.

“We are very proud to support this initiative and hope that this summer’s shop sees more visitors taking advantage of the shop in the centre whilst allowing Wiltshire Police to engage with the people of Swindon.”

The shop will be located on the ground floor of the Brunel Plaza opposite Sainsburys, next to The Cutting Bar and will be open 10am until 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between July 19 and August 10.