Northamptonshire Police meet Afghanistan resettlers

Families who have been resettled in Northamptonshire after moving to the county from Afghanistan have been finding out about their local policing service.

Members of the Force’s Community Engagement Team visited families who have been housed in Northampton under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

Hate Crime Adviser Nick Stephens and Community Engagement Officer, Detective Eleri Neal, spoke to the group about their role within the Force as well as shared information on a broad range of issues.

Whilst Positive Action Support Officer Neil Goosey provided information about the employment opportunities available within Northamptonshire Police as part of the Force’s recruitment campaign.

Speaking after their visit on Monday (July 25), Nick Stephens said: “We work very closely with our local authority colleagues to provide support to everyone who has resettled in the county.

“Police officers and members of staff across the Force regularly visit the families to share information on their specific policing roles as well as crime prevention, road safety and where to go if they are a victim of crime.

“Most people are very welcoming to those who have resettled in our communities, however sadly, some of the people who have been housed in the county are the victims of hate crime. It is important they know we are here to help.

“Since my last visit most of those who arrived in the county last year have been resettled outside of Northamptonshire, so it was an ideal opportunity to introduce ourselves to new faces.”

As part of the resettlement programme in the UK, officers and members of police staff will continue to take part in future visits to provide support and information on all aspects of the policing service.

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