Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa and Commissioner Alan Charles with new Over to You Survey
Public asked how they would allocate policing resources amid budget hardships
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is to launch a fresh public consultation exercise next week aimed at capturing local opinion on policing and community safety throughout 2015.
Over to You is an annual survey conducted both online and at numerous policing events over the course of six months to determine public concerns about safety and policing priorities.
As the largest consultation project undertaken by the Commissioner and the Force over the year, Over to You is an important factor in determining where resources are allocated and which crimes are to be prioritised in the future.
This year, Commissioner Charles, along with his deputy, Hardyal Dhindsa, will officially launch Over to You in the Market Place in Ripley on Friday, March 27 at 10.00am. The afternoon will see the Over to You team in the Market Place in Heanor.
Dozens of events across the county will follow to ensure feedback is captured from across Derbyshire and from within every community.
Announcing the new consultation initiative, Commissioner Charles said: “It is hugely important that we maintain a two-way conversation with the public and our Over to You programme offers us the ideal way to do this.
“Derbyshire faces one of its most challenging budgets following significant cuts to our central police funding. It is critical that we meet as many local residents as possible to offer reassurance that we are doing everything we can to maintain performance and protect our frontline. We also need to know how they think we should prioritise our scarce resources to keep them safe in the months and years ahead.
“We are always calling on local people to become more involved with local policing and this is one of the simplest ways you can contribute to the safety of your neighbourhood by making your thoughts and feelings known. This will help us to shape a better police service for everyone.”
Last year, almost 3,455 questionnaires were completed during face-to-face interviews and online and the resulting feedback will be fed into the Commissioner’s refreshed Police and Crime Plan to ensure his priorities remain relevant to local communities.
This year’s survey has specific questions in relation to the budget to manage public expectations about available policing resources and to identify their top concerns. One question asks respondents to choose two areas they considered to be a high priority from a list which includes safeguarding (child exploitation, domestic abuse etc), crimes which have serious consequences for victims and low-level antisocial behaviour.
It also asks respondents how confident they would be, if they were a victim of crime, that they would receive a professional service from the police and how they thought the level of crime had changed in their area over the course of the last year.
The feedback will enable the Commissioner to focus on those areas which appear to have a greater fear of crime and for where more reassurance is needed.
Consultation events will be carried out jointly with the Force at key community events and in public areas and will include representatives from Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Interim results are expected to be unveiled in August. Members of the public can also complete the survey online at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx
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Posted on Friday 5th February 2016