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Public meetings announced to generate feedback on policing issues



Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has announced a series of dates in which residents can meet with key policing figures to find out more about crime reduction.

The Your Police Your Views 2013 engagement project will see policing representatives, including Commissioner Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon or other senior officers, travel to each local authority area to meet and greet residents and deliver a formal presentation about current crime trends.  Following the presentations, which will cover the work taking place to make the county safer, members of the public who attend will be invited to ask questions and raise any further policing issues of interest or concern.

Commissioner Charles has made it clear that the views of the public will be instrumental in helping him provide a policing service that meets the expectations of Derbyshire’s communities.

An extensive programme of engagement events has been planned to ensure every resident living in the county – especially those within diverse communities who have traditionally felt isolated from policing - has the opportunity of putting forward their views and feels confident they can make a difference.

The events will begin next month and will culminate in mid-September.  The information gathered during each event will be fed directly to the neighbourhood policing teams responsible for localised crime and will also influence future policing objectives.

Commissioner Charles said: “Policing is a public service and we need to have a two-way dialogue with the public, who are in fact our ‘customers’, where we look at the way we provide that service to help us identify where we can improve still further. To deliver the best kind of policing possible with the funds that we have available to us, it is important to understand what is really expected of us - the best way of doing this is face to face.

“I want to enhance the relationship the public has with the police as this is key to improving the confidence and satisfaction. Events such as these enable us to forge closer links with the people we represent and ensure they play an active part in protecting their communities.”

The first event is being held in Buxton at the Railway Hotel, 22 Bridge Street, Buxton, SK17 6BS on Thursday 9 May, commencing at 7pm. Everyone is welcome and to book your place please call 0300 122 6000 or email pccoffice@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk. Further information can also be found online at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Community-Engagement-Events/Your-Police,-Your-Views-2013.aspx.


Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

Posted on Wednesday 1st May 2013
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