14 DEC 2018

Local MP on the beat in the run-up to Christmas

Knowing all too well the additional pressures faced by our emergency services in the run-up to the festive period, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was keen to show his support for our Police here in Suffolk by shadowing them during an overnight shift.

Previously, Dr Dan has been contacted by a number of residents complaining about escalating anti-social behaviour in the Whitton area, comprising verbal abuse, criminal damage and arson attempts. This behaviour is a blight on our communities, intimidating those who live and work in the area, and affecting quality of life. Therefore, shadowing the Police on a busy Friday night offered the perfect opportunity for Dr Poulter to witness first-hand the types of anti-social behaviour which residents have been complaining about and to see for himself the challenges faced by our excellent Police force here in Suffolk.

Speaking about his shift with Suffolk Police, Dr Dan Poulter said "As someone who understands what it's like to work over Christmas and who also works on the frontline, albeit in the NHS, I am incredibly keen to support our Police and emergency services as best I can. In the run-up to the busy Christmas period, it was great to shadow our outstanding officers and to see for myself the challenges and situations that they face on a daily basis."

"In dealing with a number of difficult and, at times, confrontational situations, I was thoroughly impressed at the professionalism, skill and diplomacy shown by the Officers. Our Police force work hard throughout the year to keep us safe from harm and I would like to put on record my thanks to them for all that they do – at Christmas and throughout the year."

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