Derbyshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is to kick-start an epic county-wide tour at one of region’s best-loved festivals later this week.
The PCC has pledged to visit all 383 towns and villages across the county during his term of office in a ‘meet, greet and listen’ marathon being billed on social media as the PCC’s #D383 tour.
The demanding schedule has been designed to help the PCC understand what local people want to make them feel safer and how he can do things differently to improve their experience of policing.
It launches at the South Derbyshire Festival of Leisure in Swadlincote this Saturday (25 June) – an annual event attracting more than 12,000 people – and will go on to incorporate every corner of the county over the next four years from the rural hinterlands in North Derbyshire down to Netherseal in the south and across to Belper in the East and Sudbury to the West.
“When I was elected as PCC I pledged to listen to people and show them how I can help address their problems, wherever they live in the County. This tour will go a long way towards helping me do exactly that,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“Not everybody has time to fill in online policing surveys and some groups including young people are harder to reach than others. This is why it’s so important to me to go out into the heart of the community and engage with people in person to find out their personal experiences of crime and develop that connection.
“Derbyshire is a vast county and home to many wonderful, diverse cultures and communities. To build safe and happy communities we have to explore the needs of everyone living within them and this tour is very much focused on getting to know the public of Derbyshire.”
This year’s South Derbyshire Festival of Leisure, which is held at the Maurice Lea Memorial Park in Swadlincote, has a Mardi Gras theme and will bring a Brazilian carnival atmosphere to the town in tribute to the Olympics in Rio.
The PCC will be on-hand throughout the afternoon to talk to visitors about their experiences of crime and what aspects of policing they would like to improve. Visitors to the stand will also be invited to complete the Commissioner’s questionnaire which records their feelings of satisfaction with policing in Derbyshire and asks them what types of crime cause them the most fear.
Mr Dhindsa hopes his exhaustive tour will raise awareness about his role and how local people can drive positive change by providing feedback to his office and the Force.
“I would like to invite anyone planning a public event over the coming months to get in touch if they would like their PCC to attend,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“My ambition goes beyond wanting everyone to know who their Commissioner is, it’s vital people know the positive difference and practical changes I can make to their communities to enhance them.”
Saturday’s event runs between 1-5pm and represents the first of a packed programme of visits over the coming months.
The Commissioner’s tour progress can be followed at #D383
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Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2016