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Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA)

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The Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) will sit between the Avon & Somerset Police Force and the local Neighbourhood Watch (NW) across the whole of the A&S Police force area. The ASNWA will also be the link to the National Neighbourhood Watch. The intention is that these new associations will be will be set up across England & Wales for each police force area.

The Association will be the ‘single point of contact and consultation’ for the Constabulary and NW across Avon and Somerset. As a consequence the Nailsea NW will have to be part of the new Association and therefore our contact will be with Association and not the police for NW matters. The aim is to provide support to the membership and to work with the police to further develop the role of the NW and make it more effective and proactive, helping to reduce crime and fraud and bring communities together to help each other.

The ASNWA has been fully constituted with agreements with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of the Avon and Somerset police. It was formally launched on 7th October 2017 with the first AGM to elect the positions of Chair/Deputy Chair/ Secretary and Treasurer. For current details visit their website.      

Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA)

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This message is sent jointly on behalf of the newly constituted Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Both organisations are keen to forge closer relationships with local Neighbourhood Watch Groups (Multi-schemes, Associations, Panels, Safety Forums) or any other grouping of NHW schemes within the Avon and Somerset force area.

They recognise that these 'local group schemes' (in some areas this will be known by other names such as local association etc) have their own procedures and ways of working, so wish to formally recognise your grouping to get an understanding of how NHW works for you locally. It is hoped that through dialogue with the association, they can work with you to shape NHW in the force area by working with the Constabulary centrally on policy and locally with beat teams to implement those policies. We believe this will add real value to NHW and help promote and grow it within the force area.

It is important to reiterate that the role of the association is not to dictate or add another layer to NHW; it is there as a consultative and advisory group, to work with NHW schemes, the constabulary and local beat teams to make NHW an effective crime prevention tool, to help reduce crime and the fear of crime within our communities. They want to reiterate that NHW schemes are a resource not a demand on police resources, and that collaboration results in tangible benefits in assisting the police at time when resources are stretched and money from central government is reducing year-on-year.

To that end if you represent one of these NHW groupings, we would like you to make contact with Lindsey at the NHW office to confirm which group you represent. The association can then map where such groups exist and officially recognise you. They would then like to have a conversation with the groups to understand your needs and work with you to implement changes needed to modernise and bring about longevity to NHW within the force area.

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Message sent on behalf of Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew:

Further to my previous message I am pleased to announce the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association now have the ability to contact you and support your valuable work in the community. They will be in contact in the coming weeks, but I want to encourage all members of Neighbourhood Watch to make contact with the Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

They want to know what matters most to you and will be working hard with us to build and improve the way NHW and Avon and Somerset Constabulary positively affect your community. Contacting them is easy, either via their website, (there is a contact form at the bottom of their home page), or by calling 03330 142815. 

Give your feedback (positive or negative) to help shape the future of Neighbourhood Watch. With your assistance I am confident this Association will be a valuable resource for Watches, please make the most of it.