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Townhill Pact meetings suspended - because no-one was turning up

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

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PACT meetings in Townhill have been suspended — because no-one was turning up.

But police say they will still be available if residents need to raise any concerns with officers, in a number of ways.

Stephen Ellis, chairman of Townhill Pact, said: "The attendance at the meetings has been dwindling over the past two or three years.

"It used to be full, but now it tends just to be me and the vice-chairman, police officers and the Safer Swansea rep. We haven't been able to pin down what the cause is."

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Pact stands for partnerships and communities together. Meetings were introduced by South Wales Police as a way of giving residents the chance to share policing concerns and identify priorities for officers to target in local areas. Townhill Pacts have now been suspended for six months, and will reconvene on November 11.

But if attendance fails to pick up again, then plans are in place to introduce a new "street ambassadors" scheme.

In the meantime, police are still available to talk to, and they will regularly be available at Townhill Library.

Townhill neighbourhood sergeant Andy Thomas said: "We have agreed a six-month period when we will continue with our additional engagement events in Townhill, such as street Pact and cuppa with a copper, in place of the normal Pact meetings as a way of giving the community better access to their local neighbourhood officers.

"We will be using our own mobile police station, the Safer Swansea community engagement vehicle as well as attending venues in the community. We will see how it goes before deciding which way works the best for the residents."

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