Police Community Support Officers are to visit post offices across South Yorkshire as a regular part of their shifts - to chat to local residents and hand out crime prevention and safety advice.
Following a trial in Rotherham, a number of post offices in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster will now be ‘adopted’ by South Yorkshire Police to build up links with local communities and to make it easier for residents to raise issues.
Overall, 43 post offices across Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley are taking part in the scheme, which has been in place in Rotherham for a year.
The scheme sees PCSOs regularly visiting post offices at peak times to speak to customers and members of staff.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The scheme has helped to forge excellent links with the community, increasing engagement and reassurance. It’s hoped that this success can now be replicated across South Yorkshire.”
“Post office staff have also been passed information from the local community, which has then been passed onto police, with arrests being made.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Post offices are key locations where members of the local community, particularly the elderly, regularly handle money. This makes them an ideal place in which we can interact with the public.
Senior Post Office Security Manager Amy Quirk said: “The post office remains at the heart of communities up and down the country, and we are happy to provide branches in South Yorkshire for the police to utilise in terms of liaising with customers and conveying key security messages.”