Hardyal Dhindsa being interviewed by Touch FM
Derbyshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa kick-started his epic county-wide tour at the South Derbyshire Festival of Leisure in Swadlincote on Saturday (25 June).
The tour 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 Belph 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.”
During the Festival Mr Dhindsa was on-hand to talk to visitors about their experiences of crime and what aspects of policing they would like to improve. Visitors to the stand were also 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. He 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.
The Commissioner’s tour progress can be followed at #D383
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.
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Posted on Monday 27th June 2016