Category Archives: Citizens Patrol
WCP On Hiatus
It was quite sad committee meeting which put a halt on Wisbech Citizens’ Patrol, but I think the right decision was made.
No doubt the various critics will step up and take up the slack in short order.
On the plus side, it has freed up a lot of my time. But not for long. No doubt I’ll find something else to fill it in short order :)
WCP and the Wisbech Christmas Market
Sometimes We Are There
We had a great Citizens’ Patrol tonight. We were slightly light on numbers but we still fielded two teams and covered a fair bit of ground.
One of the things I find rewarding is the way the people out and about on their nights out hail us and say “hello” as we pass. It’s great because we are around often enough to have become something people notice and recognise and also because its mostly pretty warm and friendly recognition we get.
I think this proves both that WCP is well embedded now and also that our non-confrontation and friendly approach works.
The best result of tonight was Samantha Hoy who found a purse in the middle of the street on St. Peters Road. it looked like somebody had dropped it as they got out of their car and so we were fairly sure it must have come from the house the car was parked outside of.
The people in the house saw our torches and came out to see what was going on. We verified that the lady was the purses’ owner by checking the ID from one of the cards in the purse and safely returned it to her – with its valuable contents all safe and sound.
Sometimes we are there when something might happen and because we are there it does not happen. Sometimes we are there when somebody needs a little help. And sometimes we just find lost and valuable things. It’s all good! :)
Thank you to the volunteers who came out tonight. You were great.
Big Night for Citizens’ Patrol
Tonight Wisbech Citizens’ Patrol were joined by the Police & Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite.
Jason came out with volunteers for our entire walk from 11PM until nearly 1AM, around the hotspots and key locations in Wisbech.
It was a quiet night, as usual, but it gave the PCC a good chance to see how we work, what we do and what our Town is really like, for anybody who looks past the lurid and false headlines.
Many thanks to all volunteers and to our PCC.
All photography by Neil Halliday
WCP – Brief Update 2/9/16
Two more Wisbech Citizens’ patrol walks over the last couple of days.
We were out late last night with two teams. It was very very quiet, even for Wisbech. A nice evening though so we enjoyed the walk, but saw few people anywhere. Norfolk Street, the Park, the Port, the Memorial Garden, Tillery Fields, Church Gardens – all deserted. We picked up a lot of litter though, so the time wasn’t wasted.
Today we were out again for a lunchtime walk. Town was quite busy, lots of people going about their business. Teams covered all the usual areas and also some roads and areas we’d been asked to look at by the public. We saw a young man doing some amazing parkour. We also thought the the FDC contractors working on the town flower displays were doing amazing work. The gardens look beautiful at the moment. Picking litter, resolving minor issues, but nothing major to report.
Thank you, as ever, to the volunteers.
Stall At The Rock Festival
Wisbech Citizens Patrol have a STALL, all day at the Wisbech Rock Festival.
Please come and support us, try your hand at our fun dice game, get a free sticker, eat a cupcake, win a prize – and help us raise a few bob for equipment, batteries and the like!
Teams of WCP will also be patrolling the event throughout, assisting stewards and security to help keep people safe and happy.
See you there!
Caught In The Storm
Wisbech Citizens Patrol were caught in the sudden thunderstorm today. Given the heat, it was something of a relief. :)
Wisbech Citizens’ Patrol Membership Drive
WCP is a community-run voluntary scheme which seeks to provide positive, supportive, non-confrontational and friendly patrols of our local neighbourhood to help people and make everybody feel safer.
The WCP Facebook Group is here https://www.facebook.com/wisbechcitizenspatrol
The WCP Guidelines and constitution are here
WCP presently has 36 volunteers, of which about 18 are “regular” and the others “occasional” in regards to going out on walks.
The group go out 3-4 times a week at all different times; Lunchtime, Teatime, Nighttime. If you are a volunteer there is no obligation to go on any walks, you just look at the schedule each week and let the organisers know which (if any) you would like to take part in.
WCP is supported by the local Police and Council and is insured. Volunteers are vetted by the Police and all new volunteers are always put with experienced walkers.
The scheme is entirely non-confrontational. WCP are not Police, don’t try to be Police and don’t claim to be Police. They are just local people trying to do nice things for other local people.
We would love to expand our operations further, do more walks, put out more patrols. For that we need more volunteers!
If you would like to volunteer please contact our Membership Officer Angie Winsor or myself. If you’d just like to come out on a trial walk to see if you enjoy it, let us know! If you’d like more information or want to ask any questions feel free!
WCP is fun, it provides some gentle exercise, it’s a great way to meet new people and it is something almost anybody can do to help their local community. Come and join us!