Raising Awareness of Labour Exploitation in Fenland

The Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Community Safety Team and Fenland Police joined forces to engage with the local community to raise awareness of labour exploitation in Fenland yesterday. The team spoke to local businesses, providing them with posters and information about a free online course for staff, and engaged with the public, signposting them to our the website http://www.advicechain.co.uk that is full of localised in information about exploitation as well as the link to the online course.

We also have a short film showing in the Luxe Cinema in Wisbech this week which we hope will encourage people to report suspected issues to the Police.


The Importance of Police Forums & Community Events

Research suggests that the way in which officers behave when engaging with the public helps to reduce crime by encouraging respect for the law and fostering social responsibility, making people more likely to help the police and not break the law.

As the effects on crime are largely preventive and rely on voluntary public cooperation, improved public engagement and encounters can help the police avoid the financial costs associated with enforcing the law, detecting crime and processing offenders.

Without the cooperation of the public, policing in developed democracies would become essentially unworkable. In simple terms, the police service would cease to function without the active support of the communities it serves.

Evidence has shown that effective community engagement, targeted foot patrols and collaborative problem solving can significantly increase public confidence in policing activity.

The process of enabling citizens and communities to participate in policing at their chosen level is known as engagement. This ranges from providing information and assurance, to empowering them to identify and implement solutions to local problems and influence strategic priorities and decisions.

Community engagement may be one-off or repeated over a long period of time. It can be formal or informal, focused on a specific issue or incident, a neighbourhood, on service delivery, or more broadly, on policing strategy.

The New Horizons vehicle has been used to facilitate a variety of community safety engagements and Police forums and always has a council representative on-board too. We want to ensure the community has support and advice around all aspects of safety so please come on and have a chat next time you see the bus, we will pass any complaints or concerns on to our relevant partners in order to resolve any issues in an efficient manner.

The list below show just how many times the bus was out in the community last year! For this years events details keep checking the blog!

Date Event/Location
02 April 2015 Police Forum Coldham
07 April 2015 Wisbech – Op pheasant
09 April 2015 Police Forum Chatteris
13 April 2015 Wisbech – Op pheasant
15 April 2015 Police Forum Christchurch
28 April 2015 Police Forum Wisbech
01 May 2015 Police Forum Leverington and Tydd st Mary
13 May 2015 Cuppa with a Copper – Manea
26 June 2015 Wisbech -Op pheas
2nd July 2015 Waterlees Helathy Relationship Event
06 July 2015 Police Forum March
13 July 2015 Police Forum Wisbech
15 July 2015 Police Forum Wisbech
06 July 2015 Manea – crime prevention event
13 July 2015 Police Forum Wisbech
15 July 2015 Wisbech Op Pheasant
22 July 2015 March – SIRCS training
28 July 2015 ASB education event March Cricket Club
27th July 2015 Alcohol Awareness Event
30 July 2015 ASB education evemt March Cricket Club
04 August 2015 Police Forum Chatteris
04 August 2015 Police Forum Manea
12th August 2015 Community House ‘Give it a Go’
14th August 2015 Waste Eduction event Wisbech
13 August 2015 Manea – crime prevention
18 August 2015 Wisbech crime prevention
25 August 2015 Wisbech Park – Community door knock
27 August 2015 March – Princes Trust Recruitment
3rd Septmeber 2015 Personal Theft Awarness event – Wisbech
3rd Septmeber 2015 Police Forum – March
7th September 2015 Police Forum Chatteris
7th September 2015 Police forum Manea
15th September 2015 Rural Forums Parsons Drove
15th September 2015 Rural Forum – Murrow
15th September 2015 Rural Forums – Guyhirn
15th September 2015 Rural Forums – Wisbech St Mary
15th September 2015 Rural Forums Newton
22nd September 2015 Loan Shark Event
25th September 2015 Loan Shark Event
28th September 2015 Environmental Audit – Waterlees
8th October 2015 Police Forum March
28th October Wisbech – Op pheasant
2nd Nov Crime Prevention Waterlees
04th Nov Wisbech Op Pheasant
12th Nov Police Forum March
16th Nov Domestiv Abuse awareness event March
17th Nov Alcohol Awarness tour Wisbech
18th Nov Op Pheasant Milner Rd Wisbech
19th Nov Domestic Abuse awareness Wisbech
23rd Nov Police Forum Manea
23rd Nov Domesctic abuse awareness Chatteris
24th Nov Alcohol Awareness Huntingdon
26th Nov Domestic abuse awarenss Whittlesey
27th Nov March xmas light switch on
29th Nov Wisbech Xmas light switch on
2nd Dec CWA Chelseas Choice workshop
9th Dec TCA Chelseas Choice Workshop
10th Dec Crime Prevention Wisbech tour
13th Dec Wisbech xmas Market
19thDec Walsoken Police drop in



Wisbech Police Forum – Supporting the Community


The Wisbech Community Forum event was held in Wisbech town centre yesterday where members of the community were encouraged to help influence key concerns they wish the police or local authority to focus on.  Wisbech town council were provided with a summary of the results on the same evening and the set priorities will be availbe on here soon.

Healthy Relationship Event at Waterlees, Wisbech

The Spinney Adventure Playground in the Waterlees Ward, Wisbech, was the location for the recent Healthy Relationships event hosted by the Community Safety Team at Fenland District Council.

Supporting the event were members from Centre 33 (http://www.centre33.org.uk/), local social care units, the Operation Shade team (Cambridgeshire Police Protection Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation), playworkers from the Spinney Playground and local council localtiy team members.


 The team engaged with 30 individuals throughout the event, providing relevant signposting to mums and dads of children in the area, and providing releavant leaflets for support avenues for young people ranging between the ages of 7-18.

Future events are in the pipeline around the theme of ‘Healthy Relationships’ with focus on working closely with local schools and afterschool clubs (future dates will be posted on the blog).




Operation Pheasant – Recent drop in session in Wisbech Market

Operation Pheasant is an umbrella partnership made up of Fenland District Council, the police, the Home Office, the Gangmaster Licensing Authority, HM Revenue and Customs , the Department for Work and Pensions, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue and the UK Human Trafficking Centre.

The joint task force work at tackling problems faced by mainly migrant workers living in the private rented sector.


The latest drop in session held in Wisbech Market place saw a variety of people come through the door including:

  • Bereavement support signposting
  • Introductions to new members of the community
  • Council signposting to support a family who needed help with white goods.

The next Operation Pheasant Drop in will the 15th July 2:30-4:30 in Wisbech Market Place.