PC funds project to help public ‘Plate Safe’

An officer has demonstrated that cops are “part of communities” by paying for a two-week pilot project to prevent number plate theft out of his own pocket.

Aug 18, 2017

An officer has demonstrated that cops are “part of communities” by paying for a two-week pilot project to prevent number plate theft out of his own pocket. Since Saturday (August 12), Durham Constabulary has been handing out free information packs and security screws to members of the public at Bishop Auckland police station. The ‘Plate Safe’ campaign is being overseen by PC Graham Russell, who decided to fund it himself to “give a little back” to the community. So far around 80 packs have been distributed and PC Russell plans to give out 130 more at an upcoming car show. If the project proves successful, he believes it could be expanded across the force area and introduced with other partners, such as MOT testing centres and car dealers. PC Russell told Police Professional: “I live and work in the south of the county so I could just as well be a victim of number plate theft as anyone else. “It’s not a vast expense and it just shows to the public that we’re not just cops, we’re part of the communities we work in. It’s nice for us to give a little bit back and work alongside them as well.”

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