Originally published for Quays News on 20/03/2014
POLICE in Ordsall have been encouraging residents to take more responsibility for their community in a new campaign to cut crime.
SNAP, which stands for Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan, has seen warnings and warrants issued and vehicles seized in a bid to get the police and the community working together to improve the area.
The scheme, which is run by Greater Manchester Police and partnership organisations such as Salford City Council and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, has been running for approximately five years, taking place in different wards in Salford around every six months.
Helen Hoban, Neighbourhood Sergeant for Ordsall, has said that extra officers and PCSOs have been active in the area, with some encouraging results.
“Two cannabis street warnings have been issued, two vehicles have been seized for having no insurance and two drug warrants have been executed,” she said.
“The mobile police station has been in the Morrisons car park to offer crime prevention advice, and bike and property marking.”
“The ultimate aim of SNAP is to get the community involved with the police and partnership agencies, and to get them to take more responsibility for their community.”
Leisure activities are also a major part of SNAP weeks, with the Emmanuel Centre on Langworthy Road hosting a children’s ‘holiday camp,’ which included activities such as swimming, dancing and arts of crafts. More than 100 local children have attended these events during the week.
Resident feedback is another feature of SNAP, with surveys conducted on the Ordsall estate to see what long-term improvements can be made and how the neighbourhood can be a safer, more pleasant and enjoyable place to live.
“The police, fire and Salix homes have been asking residents about what they think of the estate, the services and crime levels,” said Sergeant Hoban.
“The results will be collated to see what is good and what is bad, and how things can be improved.”
For more information, contact the Ordsall branch of Greater Manchester Police on Twitter, @GMP_Ordsall