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Navy Police on streets

Officers from the Royal Navy Police will be patrolling Fareham town centre alongside the Fareham Town Safer Neighbourhoods team before Christmas to help ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for all. Joint patrols started on Thursday, December 6 and will continue throughout the Christmas period.

The assistance provided by the Royal Navy Police will mean there are more Hampshire officers on the streets during this busy time of year offering assistance to all members of the community.

Police Sergeant Janine Sanger from the Fareham Town Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “This is the first time Fareham will see this show of unity. Many of the visitors to Fareham’s pubs and clubs are from the Royal Navy bases of HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan, these joint patrols demonstrate to everyone that we are united.

“The presence of the Royal Navy Police will also provide added support to military personnel. Fareham town centre has seen a 20 per cent reduction in violent crime in 2012 compared to 2011. By building strong working relationships with other organisations we hope to see an even bigger reduction.”

Lieutenant Dean Oakey, Officer in Charge Royal Navy Police, at HMS Collingwood said: “The Royal Navy Police have long had a close working relationship with Hampshire Constabulary.

“Our joint police patrolling initiative in Fareham is another example of both police forces working closely together in the interests of safeguarding our communities.

“HMS Collingwood is one of the largest employers in Fareham and Collingwood’s Royal Navy Police are keen to showcase their ability to provide assurance and support to both the Service and civilian population.”


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