Police stage Community Voice event in Sworder's Field, Bishop’s Stortford
Police in Bishop's Stortford responded to a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour in the town centre park by reaching out to the public with a community event.
According to Hertfordshire Constabulary, the force has received "numerous" calls about groups of young people in Sworder's Field causing damage to the Waytemore Castle mound, swearing, littering and generally acting in an intimidating manner.
There has also been an increase in robberies in and around the park area.
Sgt Theresa Funes-Walker said: “This behaviour has left families and other visitors to the locality feeling intimidated and this is simply not acceptable.
"With the lockdown restrictions easing and the summer soon approaching, we want everyone to feel safe and enjoy this great facility in a sensible and courteous manner."
On Wednesday (April 28), Stortford police's Safer Neighbourhood Team held a Community Voice event.
“The purpose of the event was to get a better understanding of the issues from people who may not necessarily have reported them to police before and to reassure people that we are listening and taking action," said Sgt Funes-Walker.
“Patrols have already been increased in the area and the issue has been made a local neighbourhood policing priority.
“It was great to be able to speak with members of the public face to face, and their feedback will be used to help shape a longer-term plan, working alongside our local partners.”
Members of the public can still have their say by using the force's anonymous Community Voice platform, echo. Feedback will help to shape local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns.
Anyone who visits www.bit.ly/police-swordersfield will be asked how safe they feel in Sworder's Field and to rate their feeling on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 = very unsafe and 5 = very safe. They will also be asked why they feel the way they do?
The echo online form says: "We don't ask for any personal details, but please be as specific as possible with your response. For example, a place or specific time, what makes you feel safe or unsafe, or what do you think could be done to improve your safety?"
Echo cannot be used to report crime. You can do this online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the force communications room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, dial 999.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via its untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.