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Community Policing

The Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade have formed a partnership with the local police to bring you up to date information on policing issues within the Parish of Windermere.

This page is provided by the Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade as part of its commitment to public information.

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"A community priority is the No. 1 concern that communities have about their neighbourhood. Along with partners and that community, the local officer will work towards a solution and will keep the community informed of the progress being made."


Local Community Police Officers:


Bill Nolan Photo

Sgt. Bill Nolan 1308

Ulverston & Lakes NPT Community Sergeant


Graeme McCreadie Photo

Sgt. Graeme McCreadie  1785

Ulverston & Lakes NPT Sergeant

Christine Nelson Photo

Christine Nelson PC 1242

Windermere NPT Constable

Sarah Blacow Photo

Sarah Blacow PCSO 5144

Windermere NPT PCSO


Ross Woods Photo

Ross Woods PC 1997

Windermere NPT Constable

Christyne Judge Photo

Christyne Judge PC 2037

Windermere NPT Constable


Terry Ward Photo

Terry Ward PC 891

Bowness NPT Constable




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Police & Crime Commissioners Newsletter


February 2014

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School Children Check Speed of Vehicles

On Monday 9th July 2012 a group of 12 year 6 pupils from Goodly Dale School, Windermere Goodly Dale School Children saying "Thank you" for reducing speed.were out of school with police officers checking the speed of vehicles as they passed by the School on the A5074 road. The pupils used a portable speed indicator device and held up a message on cards for drivers as they passed by. The message read THANK YOU for drivers who observed the 30 MPH limit and TOO FAST for the drivers who exceeded the speed limit. The pupils who are also receiving Cycling Proficiency instruction learned about speed of vehicles and judging distance, stopping distances, driver attitude and behaviour. Using their printed cards they gave a clear message to drivers who exceeded the 30 mph limit that it is not acceptable to speed past the school.

Speeding on the roads through Windermere is a police community priority for the area.

Images are available which show PS Ken Jewell and PCSO Sarah Blacow with the pupils on the main road through Windermere close to Goodly Dale School.

Sarah Blacow, PCSO 5144, Windermere.  T: 0845 33 00 247, ext 4208

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the Chamber of Trade have been working in partnership with the Cumbria Constabulary to produce and distribute the Shop Watch folders.  During February/March 2015 PCSO Sarah Blacow and the Chamber's secretary Adrian Faulkner visited all the shops in Bowness and Windermere and handed out the ShopWatch pack.  The folder was paid for by the Chamber of Trade.

The pack consisted of:

  • A letter introducing the Shop Watch scheme.

  • An 'incident report' sheet.

  • A 'shop lifter description' form.  This could be laminated for continuous use.

  • From the Bank of England regarding checking bank notes:

    •  'Take a closer look' booklet

    • A pocket size "Z" version of the booklet

    • A window sticker stating that bank notes are checked on the premises.

  • Cumbria Messaging Leaflet

  • Letter of introduction from the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade together with a membership application form.



Following a meeting in Bowness on the 3rd May 2012, a Shopwatch scheme has started in the area. Wendy Ingham who runs a similar scheme in Kendal is administering the Windermere Bowness Shopwatch. All businesses were welcome to attend. Those who wish to sign up and join those already part of the scheme will find the regular meetings provide up to date retail and business crime advice, and police issues which we want you to be aware of. Members will receive up to date pictures of known shoplifters who regularly come into the area, which will assist your staff when trying to spot people.

The Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade have funded the "Shopwatch" roundels which are appearing in shop windows.  These can be purchased from Brambles in Windermere and Joules in Bowness.

To find out what this is about or contact at Windermere police station.




I feel sure you all would join me in sending congratulations to one of our "girls in blue" ....... and yellow? 


PCSO Sarah Blacow has been nominated for the Police Community Support Officer of the Year Award and will be going down to the National Finals and presentation at the London Hilton.


The Chamber of Trade send Sarah best wishes for a successful outcome.

Windermere officer named Cumbria’s ‘PCSO of the Year  

PCSO Sarah Blacow has been named Cumbria Constabulary’s ‘PCSO of the Year’ in an award ceremony this week.  


The Windermere officer scooped the award following a nomination by her colleagues for her commitment to the local community. She was also put forward for a nationalPCSO of the Year 2010 Sarah Blacow ‘PSCO of the Year’ acclaim but was pipped to the national title by PCSO Cox from West Yorkshire Police. 


Chief Constable Craig Mackey presented Sarah with her award in Penrith last night; two weeks after she attended the Jane’s Police Review ceremony in London after being shortlisted for the national ‘PCSO of the year’ prize. 


PCSOs work as part of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and are focussed on working with local communities to identify the issues they face and work with them and partner agencies to tackle those problems. 


Chief Constable Craig Mackey said: “Sarah is exactly what we hope for in a PCSO. She has developed strong and trusted relationships with local residents and visitors and works closely with partners and community members to help solve local issues. She lives and works within her community and her friendly and approachable manner has helped her to become a very popular member of the community.” 


Sergeant John Stephens of Windermere Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Sarah has been with us for four years and in that time, has made a real difference to the community of Windermere by spearheading local initiatives and strengthening our relationships with all members of our community. 

“Sarah really cares about her community and has the absolute trust of local residents. Her friendly approach and the fact that she is willing to help anyone has made her a very popular and valued member of our team.  

“Her community work has greatly contributed to the reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.” 

PCSO Blacow said: “I don’t just work in Windermere, I live here too and I’m passionate about the area and people. I love my job and it’s a privilege to be able to improve the quality of people’s lives – whether it’s just stopping to say ‘hello’ or working with partner agencies to come up with solutions for community problems. 

“I couldn’t have done my job without the fantastic support and encouragement from Sgt John Stephens and my colleagues at Windermere Police Station.” 

Press Office, Police Headquarters, Carleton Hall, Penrith - 19 November 2010.

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Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association

Welcome to your NHW Association.

The Vision of Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association is that, through the commitment of the community to crime prevention, Cumbria will be a safer place in which to live and work.

The aim is to promote good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime and community safety, in particular by the effective liaison between the Police, the Local Authority and public in order to promote the efficiency of the Police in the  Cumbria Police Area. Also to reduce the fear of crime.


Click here to access the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association website.




Letter from PCSO Scott Livett

Dear visitors

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the interest you show in coming to the Lake District, especially in the areas around Lake Windermere. You will find in general that the people here are very friendly and the locations stunning, with more than the odd place of interest to visit.

However, in my duty of PCSO, I would like to warn you about leaving any valuables lying within reach of those who do not have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, the Lakes, as do many other parts of the UK, suffers from some crime. Purses have occasionally gone missing, with credit cards later used by the criminal elements of society. Also, mobile phones and other small items, like cameras, etc, also go missing.

Please try to keep everything you have on you, or very close to you, where you can keep an eye on them. Your vigilance is often enough a deterrent.

Should you unfortunately fall victim to theft I would ask that you do the following:

1) Report your loss immediately!
2) Try to think of where you have been before your loss was noticed.
3) We may also ask you at what time you arrived on the day, how you arrived and who you were travelling with. This is merely to help us trace your movements to discover where the loss, or theft, may have occurred. So please give us as much assistance as you can.


Scott Livett
PCSO 5249

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