Successful Bus Beat scheme extended to Hagworthingham
Lincolnshire Police has expanded its Bus Beat scheme to include Hagworthingham and their base, Horncastle.
After operating successfully in other parts of the county, Lincolnshire Police teamed up with Stagecoach East Midlands to launch Bus Beat in April. The engagement initiative involves PCSOs using a local bus service rather than a police vehicle to reach rural areas on their beat.
will operate on the Interconnect 6
Skegness to Lincoln service, covering the Wragby to Hagworthingham section.
PCSO Nigel Wass, PCSO Jad Mohamed and PCSO Christopher Wild will be taking over from PCSO Lucy Holland-Hancock to provide passengers with an on-board surgery, and giving them the opportunity to chat about issues of concern, or to seek advice on crime prevention and other matters.
PCSO Nigel Wass said: “It is another way to engage with our communities but at a slower pace. People generally welcome the chance to meet officers from their local team but not everyone wants to visit the police station and we all live busy lives so attending drop-in surgeries isn’t always possible.
“By travelling on the bus, the journey itself becomes a great opportunity to meet and talk with local residents.”
Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to announce the extension of Bus Beat to now include the Wragby and Hagworthington area.
“We’ve had a great response from our passengers on the Skegness to Lincoln service who have found it really useful to be given the opportunity to talk with their local PCSOs. People are often too busy to raise their concerns so Bus Beat is a great way to connect the policing team with the local community.”
Bus Beat will operate at least once a week and the days and times will vary. Advance notice will go out via Lincs Alert, the community messaging service, the team’s Twitter feed @HorncastleNPT, the Wragby newsletter and also posters displayed on the bus.
Sign up to Lincs Alert by visiting https://www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk
From the left; PCSO Jad Mohamed, PCSO Nigel Wass and PCSO Christopher Wild.