14 Sep 2017

Creating safer and stronger communities in the UK City of Culture

Humberside Police look back on Radio 1’s Big Weekend, exploring why community policing is at the heart of Hull 2017.

The relationship between the police and the public is a cornerstone of policing.

While our powers of arrest, our uniform, our training, our equipment and our team are crucially important to our success, this is only part of the picture. It’s the relationships we have with communities that make all of this come to life, helping us to prevent and detect crime, whilst protecting vulnerable people and victims of crime.

It is incredibly difficult for us to do our job well without the trust and co-operation of the public. But this year, as Hull embraces its year as the UK City of Culture, we’ve had an amazing opportunity to engage with the public and build on that crucial relationship.

Humberside Police at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. Photo: © Humberside Police

We have enjoyed a visible presence at events across the city and have successfully kept residents and visitors safe while they enjoy the packed programme of events in 2017.

We know from our experience that strong communities stand together. They work with us to help keep their places safe, they play their part by looking after themselves and each other and they tell us what’s going on and what they need help with.

Earlier this year, when the tragic attack in Manchester happened on 22 May, just days before BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend was due to take place at Burton Constable Hall, many people were worried. Many assumed the event would be cancelled, and for a few hours, we wondered that ourselves.

However, the Hull 2017 team, BBC Radio 1, local authorities and all of the event’s partners quickly came together to form a view of how we could make the event happen in a safe and enjoyable way. Every single stop was pulled out and no stone left unturned. Checks upon checks were made to every aspect of the plan, and then checked again.

After 300 years of policing we have no doubt that building trust is the cornerstone of safer and stronger communities.

Our aim for this City of Culture year is to help the city achieve its ambition to host a successful year of events. We never took our eye off this goal, and together we made sure that Big Weekend went off without a hitch.

We saw people from inside the city proudly welcome guests from outside the city, to share in the experience with all differences put aside and all diversity celebrated. Members of the audience and police officers stood side by side to celebrate the city, remember and pay tribute to the sad losses we all felt and to defend our way of life.

We saw members of the public, the people we serve, take to social media in droves to thank the men and women of Humberside Police for taking on last minute shift changes, increased hours and even giving up their own tickets to the event so that they could work.

Humberside Police at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. Photo: © Humberside Police

They left their own families behind to be embraced for that weekend by another family. They were overwhelmed by the support and thanks given and moved when small children wanted to dance with them and teenagers asked for selfies with them.

For us, this is the holy grail of public engagement.

After 300 years of policing we have no doubt that building trust is the cornerstone of safer and stronger communities.

Humberside Police are a Hull 2017 City Partner.

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