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Balloon competition helps new PCC float his Draft Police and Crime Plan

PCP Launch

Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa alongside members of his own office and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team

One hundred days after his election, Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa mixed family fun with serious business in Matlock today (24 August) when he launched his Draft Police and Crime Plan for Derbyshire.

During the event in Leys Hall Park’s open air market 100 balloons were handed out to people to take a photograph of themselves with their balloon at places across the county and then tweet it @DerbysPCC.  A prize of a ride in a police car to meet some of the police dogs will be awarded to the best or most creative photo.

“I want everyone in Derbyshire to know that I welcome comments on my Draft Plan, and that they are aware of my continuing journey across the county as I carry out my pledge to visit every one of our 383 towns and villages,” Commissioner Dhindsa said. “This is so that I can hear what all our communities have to say about crime and their safety in their neighbourhoods.”

By photographing themselves with their balloons in or near any one of these 383 places those entering the competition underlined the Commissioner’s message that every town, every village counts. “We live in a big and beautiful county which is far more than just Derby and Chesterfield, and this is why I chose the very popular town of Matlock for my launch,” Mr Dhindsa pointed out.

The Commissioner wants public feedback on his priorities for policing in Derbyshire to ensure that he is meeting the needs of every corner of the community – urban, suburban and rural.

He said that the first 100 days had been a whirlwind of activity and he was now looking forward to sharing his Plan. This is based upon the promises he made ahead of his election, with local residents and other agencies working to keep people safe and provide support to victims of crime.  He has built his Plan on his experience as the County’s Deputy Commissioner and the feedback gained from the public during his election campaign.

He added: “I want to be sure that my priorities are the same as people who live, work or visit Derbyshire, so I’m keen to hear what people think. Thankfully, Matlock is a safe place to live and work, but neither I nor the force is complacent so it was good to discuss with members of the public some of the ways in which people can stay safe on Wednesday.”

Members of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team also joined Mr Dhindsa and his team at his special stall to provide free bike marking and other crime prevention advice.

The Commissioner’s Draft Plan is available for feedback on his website. His journey across the county can be followed on Twitter using #D383.



Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Wednesday 24th August 2016
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