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More public back a freeze on police cuts

Long Eaton OTY

PCC Alan Charles, with local residents at the Long Eaton Over to You event

More public back a freeze on police cuts            

Residents in Long Eaton have overwhelmingly backed calls for the government to halt its cutbacks on policing services, it can be revealed.

Scores of residents turned out at a policing event in Long Eaton designed to raise awareness of wildlife crime and other rural issues.

During the event, visitors were asked to complete a police survey as part of a major feedback exercise to gauge public feeling on a variety of community safety issues.

Almost all those who responded felt there should be a freeze on any further police budget cuts.

Meanwhile, residents voted anti-social behaviour, burglary, theft and serious crime including sexual assault and violence as the crimes they thought should take priority in the area.

The event was led by the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team and involved Erewash Community Safety Partnership Team, the RSPB and the Canal Trust.  Also helping out were representatives from the local Neighbourhood Watch.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and his deputy, Hardyal Dhindsa, also trialed new computer tablets to improve efficiency for the analysis of this year’s engagement results.

Commenting on the event, Commissioner Charles said: “It’s vitally important that our communities have the opportunity of sharing their views about community safety and most importantly that they are listened to.

“I’m encouraged that almost all the 50 or so residents who attended share my frustration at the cuts to policing in recent years and want to see an end to the current financial challenges.”

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 Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Friday 5th June 2015
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