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Public asked to help shape the policing agenda through online survey


Derbyshire’s largest annual policing survey is about to be published online to make it easier for people to voice their views on public safety.

Have Your Say 2013 has travelled across the length and depth of the county in a quest to find out how secure residents really feel and what aspects of policing they would like to improve. Police chiefs are now making the survey available online to give anyone who might have found it difficult attending one of the events a second chance to share their opinions and help increase the feedback received.

Have Your Say is the largest of many consultation initiatives designed to give Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles a better understanding of the needs of Derbyshire’s communities and the public’s perceptions of policing. The event, which has the full support of Derbyshire Constabulary, has become a key part of the policing calendar over the years, helping to allocate resources to those areas which concern the public most as well as identify any weaknesses in service. Importantly, it gives the public the opportunity to talk face-to-face with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, members of his office and representatives from Derbyshire Constabulary.  

Last year, the initiative generated a total of 2,462 responses, 1,714 of which were face-to-face and 748 online or postal.

This year’s questionnaire asks residents whether they know who Derbyshire’s PCC is and how to contact them, how safe they feel, what their understanding of frontline policing is, how their quality of life is affected by the fear of crime and their top five priorities for policing.

Commissioner Charles said: “It’s my job to secure a police service which meets the needs and expectations of the public but to do this I need genuine feedback about what we can do to improve their experience of policing, how crime impacts on their lives and what concerns them most.

“Have Your Say has become an extremely reliable information resource over the years and will be of equal value to myself as I strive to enhance performance and make Derbyshire even safer. By publishing the survey online, I hope that even the busiest of residents is able to find time to respond to the questions and take an active role in the future of policing in the county.”

The details on Have Your Say are available at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Community-Engagement-Events/Have-Your-Say-2013.aspx or you can go direct to the survey at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Surveys/Have-Your-Say-Online-Survey.aspx which will be available until Monday 5th August 2013.

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Posted on Tuesday 25th June 2013
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