Firstly, please let me introduce myself. My name is Steve Hookham and I am the new Inspector for West Oxfordshire with responsibility for Neighbourhood Policing including Neighbourhood Watch. I took over from Acting Inspector Matt Fishwick in February.
I wanted to contact you all as Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators to bring you up to date with our proposals for the way ahead for Neighbourhood Watch. As you will no doubt know by now Debs Hextall has moved on to ‘pastures new’. As I have looked into the files and spoken to colleagues as well as some of you, I can see that Deb provided a very high standard of engagement with you all and that she will be sorely missed. Thanks to those of you who have sent messages expressing this sentiment! I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued patience with us during this time of transition as I continue to put the new structure in place.
So that you are not inconvenienced I have 2 new contacts for you:
One of the exciting new developments in the TVP Alert System is the introduction of the TVP Alert ‘App’ on smart phones. Your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be actively involved in promoting the usage of the new app in setting up new schemes as well as making contact with new Co-ordinators and delivering their information packs.
There will also be increased action by our Neighbourhood Policing Teams using the new Rapport engagement tool to identify areas where we have low coverage, where more Neighbourhood Watch schemes are yet to be set up and to encourage sign ups to existing schemes.
I want to organise regular meetings with you as a group - I understand that Deb used to do this and I would like to re-introduce these meeting. Once I have confirmation of date, time and location I will send out the invitations.
I am looking forward to working with you and I again want to thank you for your patience in this time of transition!
Inspector Stave HOOKHAM Neighbourhood Policing Teams