Local people living in Chesterfield have revealed their views on crime as part of a countywide exercise to find out how policing can be improved.
Initial results from the Over to You consultation event held in Chesterfield last month show more than half of respondents (59.3%) believe that the police and the local council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and the crime issues that matter in their area. When asked what issue was of most concern to them, more than half chose ‘drug taking’ which ranked as the top priority for the area.
The Over to You consultation programme was launched last month by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon to find out what local people think about policing and the broader crime agenda. The initiative is the largest annual consultation exercise held in Derbyshire and involves a series of ‘meet and greet’ events across the county giving people a chance to talk to officers about their concerns. The feedback received is used as the basis for the Commissioner’s plans to make the county safer and help the Force allocate resources more effectively. It also helps both the Commissioner and the Chief Constable deliver a service that is in line with public expectations.
The first event was held at the Pavements Centre in Chesterfield and saw 187 people complete a questionnaire in face to face interviews. More than half of those who attended (54.2%) felt that crime had stayed the same in the past 12 months and 27.5% believed it had decreased, which shows most people continue to feel safe. Crime has in fact increased in the financial year but there are still about 1,000 fewer crimes recorded than in 2011/12.
Commissioner Charles said: “Our launch event in Chesterfield was very successful and I’m delighted so many people took the opportunity to tell us what they really think about policing.
“By sharing their concerns and what makes them feel unsafe, residents are taking positive steps to addressing the issues that blight their communities. I cannot overemphasise the importance of public feedback; it shapes how we will work in the future to best protect those who live and work in Derbyshire.”
More snapshot results will be publicised in the wake of other Over to You events. Commissioner Charles will reveal overall results in December.
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Posted on Tuesday 18th March 2014