Teams 'Joining Forces’ in town centre

Barnsley Council and key partners are ‘Joining Forces’ as part of a borough-wide initiative to help provide reassurance and keep residents safe.

Joining Forces will bring together key members of staff from the council and South Yorkshire Police. As part of the move, the council and South Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Service, the Council’s Markets Service and Parking Services, and other partners will move into a base at The Glass Works, allowing them to deliver a partnership approach from a centralised location at the heart of the town centre redevelopment.

The official launch is at 10.30am on Wednesday 7 August with an event at Barnsley Market in the town centre where the public will be able to speak to officers from across the partnership.

The public will see more uniformed services under the Joining Forces banner, reflecting the joined-up approach to improving security and safety as well as providing reassurance, support and advice.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, said: “We’re delighted to be launching Joining Forces – a further enhancement to make Barnsley a safe and welcoming town for our residents and visitors.

“The co-location of key partners will improve information sharing, enable better decision making and help provide coordinated and timely responses to issues as they arise.

“We’re pleased with the progress made by the Safer Neighbourhood Service since its inception in 2017, and want to continue the good work the team has been doing through Joining Forces.”

Barnsley’s Chief Superintendent Scott Green added: “Our priority is protecting our communities and making Barnsley a safe place to visit, work and live.

“Our Central Neighbourhood Team work closely with partners and by joining forces will be able to further their working relationship and ensure that communities are given a united response to the issues that matter to them the most.”

To report instances of anti-social behaviour or crime, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report incidents to our Safer Neighbourhood Service by emailing safer@barnsley.gov.uk.

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