Members of the North West Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) will be even more visible from now on, thanks to generous support from a local company – West Engineering. 
 
The team approached the Whitehouse Employers Association with the aim of gaining sponsorship for a number of team bicycles for patrolling their area. 
 
As a result of the meeting, a number of companies expressed an interest in assisting but the Managing Director of West Engineering – Dale Smith wished to donate £250 for a whole bike. 
 
The team approached a number of local bike dealers but Darren Thomas at Cycle Revolution on Foxhall Road offered the best deal by providing a £350 bike for £250. 
 
The bike was bought on Wednesday 9th April 2008 and has already been put to good use. The bike will be used to get around the housing estates and Industrial Estate particularly at night. 
North West Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant – Roger Salmon said, “Safer Neighbourhood Teams are all about getting out into the communities we serve – this bike will enable my team to do this in a more visible and responsive way and we are very grateful to West Engineering for their generosity.” 
 
Dale Smith – Managing Director of West Engineering said, “The public like to see their local police out and about. The bike will help the PCSOs get around further and a little faster. We (West Engineering) are delighted to support our local police in this way.” 
 
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Note to Editors: Photos of the bike with PCSO James Hillier, staff from West Engineering and Darren Thomas are available via e-mail from Louise Rosher in the Ipswich Area Press Office. 
 
There are 47 Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Suffolk. The teams are made up of police officers, police community support officers and other police staff working alongside councils, community partners and volunteers. They will be listening to people’s concerns, working together to solve problems and keeping the community informed about progress. 
 
People can find out more about their local team by logging on to the Safer Neighbourhoods website: www.safersuffolk.org.uk where they can search for their team by typing in their postcode, or by searching by parish or district/borough council ward. There is also an A to Z of the teams. 
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