Inspector Richie Watts
I am Richie Watts, the Inspector for Warrington Town Centre,
based at Arpley Street Police Station, Warrington.
I have over 20 years service as a Police officer with Cheshire
Constabulary in a number of varying roles both as a uniformed front
line operational officer, as a Custody Officer, CID Duties and also
working with Prolific and Persistent offenders.
In my current role, I am managing both Town Centre Neighbourhood
and Incident Response duties with the emphasis being the provision
of a high quality policing service to all residents of and visitors
to the town centre. The chief objective of myself and my staff is
to ensure that as a visitor or resident, you are safe and feel safe
whilst in the Town Centre of Warrington during both Daytime and
Night time hours.
The Town Centre has a dedicated, highly motivated and thoroughly
committed team of Police Officers and PCSOs’ who are striving to
ensure that you are safe in the town centre as a resident, worker
With my team, we are seeking to further develop the strong links
that have been forged with residents, licensed premises, retail
outlets, businesses, cultural groups, voluntary groups and partner
agencies within the Town Centre area and we will continue to work
closely with them all.
The Town Centre NPU was initially formed in 2008 some excellent
successes have been achieved since the formation. Since that time,
the town centre area has developed and will continue to develop
further with the Town Centre Regeneration scheme and the burgeoning
It is anticipated that more and more visitors will come to the
Town Centre and for this reason I will ensure that my Constables
and PCSOs’ will continue to be visible and available to you,
providing reassurance, making you feel safe, preventing, deterring
and detecting crime and disorder.
My priorities are to provide a high quality policing service to
you and to ensure that the quality of your life is our key
consideration. My staff will respond in an effective, timely and
professional manner and will provide a high standard of
investigation for all incidents.
My staff and I are wholly committed to reducing violent crime,
retail crime and anti social behaviour in the town centre in order
that it is a safer place to live, work and visit.
You are an integral part in the success of policing at a local
level and I would encourage you to tell the Police Officers and
PCSOs about any issues concerning you.
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From 01/10/2014 To 31/10/2014-Warrington Town Centre - Golden Square, Town Centre Shopping Streets & Cockhedge Shopping Centre
Priority Type: Retail Crime - Daytime Economy
Description: Town Centre patrols will continue to be target offences of theft, thefts from the person and the persons responsible for these offences. There will be increased high visibility patrols through the day in order to offer reassurance to shoppers. There will be close liaison between stores, town centre CCTV and the Police. If you have any information regarding persons committing theft offences, please contact using 101.
From 01/10/2014 To 31/10/2014-Warrington Town Centre & Cultural Quarter
Priority Type: Community Issues - Anti Social Behaviour, Street Drinking
Description: My staff and are I are working with partnership agencies, local businesses, Youth Services and Homeless services to positively and robustly address Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) at all times of day and night.
We will be continuing with interventions and robsut policing to improve the quality of life for persons living, working and socialising within the Town Centre and Cultural Quarter.
Pro-active action is to be taken to target street drinkers, persons begging around Central Station / Town Centre and to deal with spontaneous incidents of Anti Social Behaviour.
All residents, employees amd persons socialising within the Town Centre are encouraged to Contact Cheshire Constabulary to report ASB incidents using the 101 phone number.
From 01/10/2014 To 31/10/2014-Night Time Economy - ASB and Disorder
Priority Type: Incidents of crime, violence, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour,
Description: Officers will continue to be proactive in the night time economy locations within the Town Centre and Cultural Quarter in an effort to ensure that residents, workers and visitors are safe and will also feel safe. Anti Social Behaviour and Disorder will continue to be dealt with in a robust and consistent manner - disorder, drunken and violent behaviour will not be tolerated.
Officers will be undertaking Hi-visbility patrol duties and will use all powers at their disposal to ensure that the Town Centre is a safe and pleasureable location for socialising and that persons intent on causing problems will be addressed.
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