Friendly faces to boost town centre as rangers introduced

Date published: 19 November 2019

John Cooke and Lynsey White have been appointed as Town Centre Rangers by the Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID).

The rangers will patrol town centre streets as part of the BID’s commitment to support businesses and provide a safer environment to live, work, study and visit. They will be easily recognised by their blue uniforms which will display a “Rochdale BID Ranger” logo.

The rangers will be part of the well-established radio link scheme which supports the Pubwatch and Shopwatch initiatives.

Paul Ambrose, BID Manager, said: “I am excited to announce the appointment of the rangers. The rangers will support the businesses with face to face contact, be the eyes and ears of the area and work closely with partner organisations.

"They will be providing frontline customer service, handling situations as they arise and supporting the other frontline services, carrying out regular daily patrols to help act as a deterrent whilst becoming a welcoming and reassuring sight and presence for the public.

"The rangers will take a friendly approach to deter antisocial behaviour, whilst also playing a supportive role to the many retailers and helping to keep our town safe.”

John said about his appointment: “We want to get to know the visitors to our town and the businesses that serve them to get their feedback about what they would like to see in their town. Please engage with us, as the more we know, the better the BID will know what you want and need.”

Lynsey added: "I’m really looking forward to meeting all the BID businesses in Rochdale and I hope I will make a valuable contribution to the business community in the town.”

This initiative supports the BID agenda to boost safety and security in the town centre and act as an additional platform in BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the atmosphere of the town as a welcoming, friendly and inviting place to live, work, study and visit.

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