Police in Stamford have praised the work of street pastors who are helping to make a difference in the area on busy weekend nights.
Stamford Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Leanne Carr organised a training session at the police station on Monday last week for members of the Stamford Street Pastors team.
The training was designed to examine how the street pastors and police can work effectively together, exploring the boundaries between the police and street pastors and how street pastors can stay safe and comply with protocols.
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10pm to 4am, on a Friday and/or Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
During the training session, officers offered guidance and advice on crimes such as firearms, drugs, weapons, hate crime and stop and search.
Sgt Leanne Carr said: “This training session was designed to improve an already strong working relationship between the Stamford Street Pastors and the local officers.
“I have been contact for the street pastors, working at building effective relations for the last year and have found this role extremely rewarding.
“We are incredibly appreciative of their help and work in the local area because the street pastors are incredibly effective in making a difference and can devote extra time to sitting and talking with people, especially on busy evenings when our officers can often be tasked elsewhere.
“It goes to show how effective working relationships with partners can help strengthen links with our communities and help keep them safe.”