Keeping safe at King’s Mill

ASHFIELD police officers have visited their Essex counterparts to find out more about how to make sure folk feel safe at King’s Mill Hospital.

Sutton North Beat Sgt Andy Downie and PCSO Linda Foreman made the trip to Chelmsford to learn about hospital policing tactics and security measures.

Said Sgt Downie: “King’s Mill makes up a significant part of the Ashfield North community, with 14,000 people associated with the site at any one time.

“Essex’s Broomfield Hospital has recently undergone a multi-million pound upgrade, similar to that of King’s Mill, and we wanted to swap notes on ways to maintain and improve security on such large and complex sites.”

Along with officers from Bedfordshire Police, the Sutton North Beat Team toured the Broomfield site, which includes a mental health unit similar to Millbrook, and discussed the procedures that have been implemented there.

Added Sgt Downie: “We gleaned from the visit that the partnership working at Broomfield is in line with what we have planned for King’s Mill.

“But, as well as working with fire and security officers at the hospital, we are keen to emulate initiatives such as Essex’s Hospital Watch, as well as assess the benefits of a police Hospital Liaison Officer and Missing Person Investigations Officer, to positively influence the security of those at hospital - those who are already at a vulnerable point in their lives and those who work so tirelessly to treat and support them.

“It’s going to be an interesting and exciting time over the next year as we continue to work in partnership with King’s Mill.”