Adopt a Post Office Scheme launched in Suffolk
July 26, 2016
Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Police have been working with local post offices to trial the new ‘‘Adopt a Post Office’ scheme.
These post offices will be the first in Suffolk where Trading Standards and local neighbourhood policing teams will be able to work with staff and use the facility to advertise events and information in the community.
Sub-postmasters will be working with Trading Standards and the police in helping to highlight various types of crime.
The scheme was launch on Monday at the One Stop Stores on Ipswich St, Stowmarket and at the Post Office on Penzance Rd, Kesgrave. If successful it will be rolled out to other areas in Suffolk.
Officers will not be permanently based within the branches but through their relationship with the Post Office, the teams can be present at periods of high footfall enabling them to interact with more residents.
Many people use post offices to transfer money, sometimes this money is sent to scammers. Common cons include people sending cash on the promise of lottery prizes, or transferring money to internet ‘friends’ who have asked for money under the pretext of needing help.
Now when post office staff suspect someone is being conned, they will contact specialist officers from Trading Standards and police who will offer advice and support.
Sub-postmasters are being encouraged to sign up to be a Trading Standards Community Champion to help protect and empower their local community, build resilience against rogue traders and scams, and to make Suffolk a safer place to live.