The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Passmore Priority for August is the Suffolk Economy. Throughout the month Tim Passmore will be highlighting ways local businesses can work with him to help reduce crime in the county.
Supporting the local economy is key to Tim Passmore’s ambition as PCC to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest.
“I was very specific in my four-year plan to highlight investment in the local economy as a key driver to a safer county. A vibrant economy encourages growth and supports job security which in turn cuts crime.” says Tim.
Encouraging responsible management of bars and restaurants is an important aspect of a dynamic town centre so the PCC is pleased to support Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council and the Constabulary in their excellent and innovative work to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has just approved a £5,000 crime and disorder reduction grant to help extend the Best Bar None scheme across Ipswich; a further £5,000 will be awarded in 2014/15.
“Making our town centres safe and prosperous encourages people to visit and spend time and money enjoying what Suffolk has to offer so I am committed to do all I can to support the economy.”
IBC Leader David Ellesmere said: we welcome this backing for the Best Bar None scheme. The Borough Council and its partners are committed to a safer Ipswich and to supporting and providing a welcoming night time economy.
William Coe. Ipswich Central Chairman
“Making visitors aware that Ipswich has a great selection of bars and licensed premises which have all taken extra efforts to look after their customers via the Best Bar None Scheme has to be a good thing. I am pleased to see there will be a strong marketing campaign for these businesses who truly deserve the recognition and additional footfall it should bring through their doors.”
Caption from left: William Coe (Ipswich Central), Tim Passmore, Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton (Police’s licensing team), Terry Hunt, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Cllr David Ellesmere (Leader IBC)