Shanklin’s Post Office will be a new hub for community policing after members of the Sandown Bay Neighbourhood Policing Team adopted it.
It will be used to display crime prevention information and will host regular beat surgeries and community events.
It is hoped it will give an opportunity for regular contact with local police officers, who can help with crime and scam prevention and safety advice.
The ‘adopt a Post Office’ scheme is a national one and it has seen police forces across the UK taking part. Ten areas across rural Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight have trialled it since 2016.
On the Isle of Wight, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Steve Oatley has already incorporated Post Office counters in local shops and cafés in Godshill, Niton, Chale Green, & Whitwell, into his beat surgery calendar.
Following his lead, PCSO Jacqui May has formally adopted Shanklin’s Post Office on Regent Street.
Beat surgeries will be held there every other Monday, between 10.00am – 11.30am.
PCSO Jacqui May said:
“This is a great way for members of the public to speak to their Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers about any concerns they may have while they’re out shopping. The Post Office remains at the heart of communities, and this is an important opportunity for us to provide additional information and reassurance to residents.
“The aim is to speak to people who we might otherwise struggle to engage with. We’ll be passing on important information like warning against distraction burglary, bogus callers, scams, and courier fraud. The launch couldn’t have come at a better time, as June is ‘Scam Awareness Month’.”
The Post Master for Shanklin’s Post Office, Lynn Lambourne said: ”At the Post Office we see this as an opportunity to enhance relationships with the Police and the community”