Last night I went to the awarding of the Safer Neighbourhood Team of the year award. I was a member of the judging panel and have to say it was a hard choice, with Roehampton just pipping Fairfield to the title. Building on their special award at last year’s Enterprising Roehampton awards.
Both teams received many nominations from every part of the communities they serve, and this, I think, shows the strength of SNTs lies very much in their ability to build relationships in their areas.
Some of the nominations reflect this:
- “The SNT are visible, clued up, approachable and able to relate to the local community.” (Local resident)
- “They are like family … watching over us making sure we don’t get hurt.” (11 year old resident)
- They “successfully build bridges with the local community with their friendly but no nonsense attitude.” (local business)
- “The most amazing thing is the follow up care. In this day and age people often forget the long term effects on a person of a crime but the Roehampton team provide over and above support.” (local GP surgery)
- “Their ability to raise students’ awareness of personal safety issues and social responsibility within a vibrant and established community has had nothing but positive impacts in Roehampton.” (Roehampton Students Union)
- “I like the police here you can always talk to them about anything without getting into trouble” (10 year old resident)