An additional police officer has been appointed as part of Peterborough’s City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) specifically to support local businesses.
Funded by Peterborough’s Business Improvement District (BID) members, which is made up of more than 400 businesses and organisations across the city centre, the position is an additional role within neighbourhood policing in Peterborough.
The implementation of the BID – titled ‘Peterborough Positive’ – focuses on delivering an ambitious business plan to transform the city centre through improving experiences, standards and adding value for all city users.
Leading on innovative projects and providing key investment, it aims to make the city centre a cleaner, safer and more welcoming place, raising its profile nationally with new, diverse and prestigious events and exciting marketing campaigns.
Part of this campaign is the agreed funding of the additional policing resource which will be in post until 31 March 2025, to offer a highly visible presence within the BID area, specifically to engage with members, understand their issues and challenges and provide advice and support around crime prevention.
The officer will work with the local neighbourhood policing teams and partner agencies to look at the design and implementation of problem solving to reduce overall crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the city centre, as well as representing the force within schemes such as Pub and Shop Watch.
Inspector Sam Tucker, from Peterborough’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “PC Jay Cullimore has been appointed as the BID police officer and will work to strengthen existing relationships with residents, local businesses and levy payers within the BID.
“While we already have a dedicated city centre neighbourhood policing team, the aim of having this additional resource is to focus on a very specific area of the city centre and issues affecting our businesses, improve engagement, public confidence and the delivery of initiatives designed to reduced overall crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
“This is not just about shoplifting – attendance at individual reports of shoplifting will remain through existing channels, however PC Cullimore will be supporting businesses with prevention and targeting repeat offenders within the area.”
Pep Cipriano, Chief Operating Officer at Peterborough Positive, said: “When businesses were consulted during the formation of the Business Improvement District, making the city safer was their top priority. Our first step was to introduce a crime reporting app in ‘Disc’, which has had an immediate impact with the business community.
“The addition of a dedicated police officer is another welcome boost. PC Cullimore has already introduced himself to businesses where his continuous presence and support will be invaluable. In the coming weeks we’ll be pulling together the city council’s enforcement team, Queensgate, City Link, Pub Watch and other partners to strengthen our approach in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre.”
Councillor Peter Hiller, Cabinet Member for Housing, Growth and Regeneration, said: “It’s welcome news that our Business Improvement District has secured the services of an additional police officer who will be focused on our city centre.
“We want to improve our city centre to be an attractive and inviting place where people feel safe and want to spend time. We know there are issues that need tackling and we are working with the police to resolve those issues.
“This additional police officer will support us in clamping down on issues such as street drinking and begging, in partnership with our own enforcement officers. They will also be engaging with businesses to become a named police contact for them, supporting them with issues such as shoplifting and also working with them to promote safety campaigns to make our city a welcoming one for all.”
More information about the campaign and the BID can be found on Peterborough Positive’s website.