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Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is inviting residents to attend a meeting to find out more about the work taking place to improve local policing. The Strategic Governance Board meeting, which takes place on Monday (March 18 2013), will give those attending a clearer insight into how the new governance structure works to address policing issues and make decisions. This month’s meeting will focus on the areas of Contact Management - how easily the force can be reached by the public and how well they respond to the issues raised - and confidence/satisfaction rates. Under the new policing structure, the Strategic Governance Board meets monthly to discuss two separate business areas such as performance, finance and resources, contact management and professional standards. The Board performs a vital scrutiny function and allows different aspects of policing to be analysed to ensure standards are high and the public continues to receive the best service and value for money. Members of the public are invited to observe the meetings but are not able to take part in the discussions. Throughout the year, meetings will be held in the areas of Derby City, Buxton, Swadlincote and Chesterfield to ensure all residents have the opportunity to attend. Following these area meetings the Commissioner and Chief Constable will hold a joint ‘Question and Answer’ session for members of the public. Commissioner Charles said: “This is a great opportunity to listen to frank discussions about the challenges facing the county in terms of policing and how best we might address them with the resources and funding we have available. It also gives residents a chance to see the new governance regime in action and appreciate the rationale behind our decision-making. “Transparency is key to building trust and confidence in policing, and the new governance structure clearly recognises that. As Commissioner, I have pledged to ensure the public are at the very core of everything we do and these meetings are just one of the ways in which our residents can reassure themselves first hand that we are always working in their best interests.” Monday’s meeting takes place in the Reception Room, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, 2pm. - ends - Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401