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Hi, I am Matthew Wright and I’m the Engagement Officer for Hull.

Matt Wright

My role is varied with every day and week being different, however my main role includes:

  • Local point of contact for public and partners requiring support from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. So if there is an issue about how community safety is being delivered locally I want to hear from you.
  • Building effective networks of partners in achieving the outcomes of the Police and Crime Plan.
    If you have an idea or opportunity to make Hull safer or support people who are vulnerable then get in touch as I may be able to support you in making it happen.
  • Collating information to measure the effectiveness of partnership activity in Hull against the Police and Crime Plan. This does involve looking at data and performance, however if you have feedback or case studies on what is working or not working I am interested.
  • Supporting community consultation and surveys to ensure the views of the public are gathered and acted upon. It is vital that the community have a voice in what is delivered locally in their neighbourhoods and what is commissioned in Hull to keep you safe and ultimately what it is like to live in the city so I will work with partners to ensure your voice is heard.

I am out and about at community events, visit community groups and local scheme and attend numerous partnership meetings and activities so please feel free to approach me for a chat. However if you want to get in touch call me on 07464 985369 or

My Diary – March:

01/03/19 - Modern Day Slavery Conference – A focus on the victim care pathway.

04/03/19 – Derringham Ward Forum on the Move

04/03/19 - Fair Trade Fortnight Community Event

05/03/19 – Hull Engagers Network

07/03/19 – Hull Youth Parliament – A focus on Homelessness

13/03/19 – Newington and Gipsyville Ward Forum on the Move

14/03/19 – Hull Police Monthly Tasking Meeting

18/03/19 – Engagement Event at North Point Shopping Centre

19/03/19 – Hull Community Safety Partnership Meeting

20/03/19 - Garden Village Neighbourhood Watch meeting

21/03/19 – HMP Hull Continuity of Care Conference

23/03/19 – Humber Night Challenge Event

25/03/19 – Hull Domestic Abuse Strategic Group

29/03/19 – Cancer Champion Training

31/03/19 - Bean Street Community Event

Numerous Crime Reduction Fund monitoring visits and meetings

Numerous meetings with Community Safety Practitioners


During the Half Term I went Hopscotch crazy as I supported a social media campaign to get #HullPlayingOut. Police officers, firefighters, local celebs (Burnsy/Peter Levy/Tommy Coyle), sporting mascots and our very own Keith Hunter were all been caught on camera enjoying the classic playground game. This led to people across the city – adults and kids – being urged to get hopping and rediscover the joys of playing out together.

hull playing out

Hopscotch Grids were chalked across every ward in Hull as part of a plan to promote the Playing Out project. Playing Out, which launched last year, which allows communities to temporarily shut streets to traffic, giving children the opportunity to play safely on the roads of their own neighbourhoods and has led to communities becoming more cohesive and becoming more resilient.

Playing Out has proved a great scheme for bringing neighbours together and talking. Through the initiative the police and fire teams have also been able to forge stronger local relationships with communities on their patch and together with residents make streets more resilient and safer.

 t is hoped after a successful first year, Playing Out road closure applications will ramp up as lighter nights and warmer days kick in. Anyone can apply to host a Playing Out session on their street. An easy application process makes it simple to request a road is temporarily closed to traffic and consult with neighbours, and all who sign up receive a kit including signage, high-vis vests, chalks and skipping ropes. To apply and for more detail how visit:

The outcomes are still being quantified however:

  • There have been masses of posts on social media with residents, community groups, nurseries, businesses, national and international organisations getting involved …it certainly went viral in Hull.
  • It featured on Radio Humberside, Look North, Viking FM, Hull Live, That’s TV Humber and national BBC Radio 6.
  • Other local authorities talking about rolling out Playing Out or Hopscotch campaigns in their area.
  • New permanent hopscotches have been agreed in some Hull wards
  • And most importantly…Hull City Council have had a number of enquiries from residents wanting to do Playing Out in their street.

New book to support child victims of burglary 

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has worked with Victim Support to launch a new book in Hull to support children who have been victims of burglary.whos been in our tree

Independent charity Victim Support has worked with experienced criminal justice researcher and practitioner, Diana Batchelor to produce a book called “Who’s Been In Our Tree?”. The book features woodland creatures who struggle after a burglary and react in different ways. The book aims to help children develop coping mechanisms if their home has been targeted by burglars and as a tool to respond trauma and stress.

Local primary school children from Hull attended the launch event where Diana will read the story, with neighbourhood police officers and Victim Support staff on hand to give advice about the support available.

Following the launch event Victim Support will be taking the book on tour to libraries and it will also be available through Hull School Library Service.

Humberside Police are also developing plans to offer the book as part of a ‘burglary pack’ to children and young people in households where burglaries have occurred, as part of specialist support to young victims of burglary funded by the James Reckitt Fund.

pcsos whos been in our tree

Laura Finnie, Team Leader for Victim Support across Humberside said “Burglary is a distressing and invasive crime. We know it’s often difficult for children and young people who have experienced a burglary at home - their place of safety - to get the support they need to recover. We want to be able to give them that support in a way that’s fun and engaging. We would like to thank The Sir James Reckitt Charity as well as the PCC and Humberside Police for helping us to get the message out there.”

The Citizens 'Academy 

Humberside Police  are offering an  exciting opportunity to learn about what the police do and see first-hand the day to day working of the Police Force.

The Citizens 'Academy will offer a selected group of people a unique insight into how the different departments within Humberside Police work to protect people from harm, and improve the quality of life for the residents, businesses and visitors.

The next Citizens’ Academy will be held at Clough Road Police Station, Hull and will start on 8th May 2019.  It is an 11 week programme consisting of lectures and demonstrations provided by Police Officers and Police Staff. Classes will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm every Wednesday  with the final session taking place on 17h July 2019.

If you live in the Hull postcode area and are over 18 years old, then you could apply to be part of the Citizens Academy.

If you are interested contact the Humberside Police Community Safety Unit for an application form via email  or call Joy Harvie on 01482 220723.

Applications close on Friday 29th March.

You can make a difference – Be empowered

As residents the people of Hull can make a big difference in their community by getting involved in lots of intititves or schemes as an individual or part of a group.

There is lots going on but some of the activities and opportunties include:

  • Join or form a Neighbourhood Network group to help deter criminality and make your neighbourhood safer. More details can be found at
  • Turn time into a currency by signing up to the TimeBank and help others by using your skills and get other peoples skills in return. Fore more details visit:
  • Help improve health across Hull as a 2020 Champion and access training and opportunities that will help you make a difference. For more details visit:
  • Become a citizens in policing this includes joining Humberside Police’s Special Constabulary, Community Safety Volunteer Scheme or for young people the Police Cadets. More details can be found on the Humberside Police Website

 Follow me on Twitter @matt_8362 as I will share any new opportunity i am made aware of.