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Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association seeks new volunteers to manage its smartphone app

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A community group is appealing for extra volunteers to manage its smartphone app.

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association is in charge of a free app which connects a range of emergency services and support agencies.

Users receive regular updates on crimes in their area and can also access essential public information.

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch (49385544)
Rutland Neighbourhood Watch (49385544)

The app plays an important role in supporting the police in their fight against crime and antisocial behaviour.

Sergeant Paul Kear said: “Neighbourhood Watch is a great partner for keeping communities informed about crime trends and for helping us with witness appeals.”

The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app is free and has been downloaded by more than 13,000 people.

The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app
The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app

Newly elected chairman, Adrian Gombault, said: “The association has performed a valuable role in representing, coordinating and supporting the work of individual neighbourhood watch groups across Rutland over its 20 or so years of existence.

“Recent retirements and changes in personnel have created the opportunity for new faces to join the team and continue this important and rewarding work.

“The smartphone app, in particular, has been an outstanding success, and I would very much like to take it now to the next level.

“But this can only happen if we obtain the fresh volunteer support we are seeking.”

The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app (49358031)
The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app (49358031)

The group is looking for volunteers who can maintain the flow of information onto the app by searching police crime records and other sources.

Successful candidates would become “police volunteers” and receive relevant training.

Adrian said: “The work would have an obvious attraction to those with an interest in policing matters and service to the community. It can be done from home and would require only a few hours spent each week. “

The group also has opportunities for people with technology skills to process the recorded information and upload it onto the app.

Further help is needed as charity trustees and to organise promotional events and activities.

A group meeting is due to take place in September, when the future organisation of the volunteers will be discussed.

Anyone who is interested in becoming part of the project is asked to make contact by the end of July.

To get involved or to ask for more details, email: rutlandnhw@gmail.com

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