Just got back from a Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) meeting on a day that looks as though it will be dominated by crime issues for me, as I have a Crime and Disorder Committee meeting tonight as well.

Anyway, the NAPs are an initiative by the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) to get people from various bodies – the Council, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Residents Associations and the like – working together to solve issues, and it’s sometimes surprisingly easy how quickly you can get things done when everyone’s in one place and able to answer each other’s questions.

However, what they also need to operate is information – specifically, what problems there are out there that the NAP could be tackling. One of the issues the police raise frequently is that people complain about many things, but often the first they hear about these issues is when they come to meetings, because no one’s thought to formally report the crime in the first place. (And you can report non-emergencies to Colchester Police on 0300 333 4444) The NAPs are open to any resident of Colchester to come along and tell us what we should be doing.

One thing I realised I should do here – and not just for automatically generating posts – is to let people know when Castle NAP (the one I’m a member of) meetings are. So, from now on, there should be an automatic announcement of NAP meetings here about a week before they happen. Or, if you have an issue that you want raised and can’t make it to the meeting, you can post it in the comments or email me with it.

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