‘Reassuring and informative’: Gloucestershire’s successful Neighbourhood Watch conference could become annual event.

A large Neighbourhood Watch event held in Gloucestershire has received such praise from its guests, that talks are underway to turn it into an annual conference.

More than 100 Neighbourhood Watch coordinators from across the county were invited to meet at Gloucestershire Constabulary’s headquarters on Saturday 1 February 2020 for a special conference-style event, offering the chance to hear from key members of the Neighbourhood Watch and policing community; network with other local coordinators; and of course enjoy some delicious refreshments!

Visitors heard from a range of guests including Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl; Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary, Rod Hansen; and Phil Sullivan MBE, Chair of Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Gloucestershire is fortunate to have crime levels lower than many other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we should be complacent. Every crime matters and Neighbourhood Watch is an important asset to our community.

“We're proud to have built a strong partnership with our local Neighbourhood Watch coordinators, and this successful event was a fantastic opportunity to share insight and ideas from across Gloucestershire.”

Feedback from attendees described the event as “well organised”, “reassuring”, “informative” and “interesting”, with some guests calling for the event to become an annual occurrence – making it the ideal opportunity for those wishing to network with other local coordinators.