22 February 2010>
A network of community volunteers will meet with council and police officials next week to look at ways in which they can work alongside crime fighting agencies to help make Caerphilly county borough an even safer place to live.
The Community Crime Fighters network is a group of volunteers comprised of active members of the community, including Neighbourhood Watch coordinators, Residents Association representatives and Crime Prevention Panel members.
These dedicated volunteers have received specialist training, and act as the vital direct link between crime fighting agencies and the communities they serve in Caerphilly county borough.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman, cabinet member for the environment said, "We are fortunate enough to have over 100 trained volunteer Community Crime Fighters in our county borough, and we are looking at ways in which these volunteers can work alongside us to help make Caerphilly county borough an even safer place to live."
She continued, "Multi agency working is vital in our quest for even safer communities, and it is especially pleasing that we also have the local knowledge and commitment of this dedicated group of volunteers to work with us in achieving our goal."
The Community Crime Fighters initiative is a key part of the Home Office's national neighbourhood crime and justice initiative, "Justice Seen, Justice Done", of which Caerphilly is a pioneer area.
The initiative aims to build public confidence in how crime is tackled and justice delivered.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Community Crime Fighter, or for further information, please contact the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Co-ordinator, Rhiann Iles at the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership on 01443 864374.
Those interested in becoming a Community Crime Fighter are also invited to attend an event being held at Caerphilly County Borough Council's headquarters, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Tredomen on Tuesday 23rd February, beginning at 5.45pm.
For further information on "Justice Seen, Justice Done" in Caerphilly county borough visit the Safer CCB website.
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