Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles heard from Matlock residents this week about what people want to see form policing in Derbyshire.
The visit, as part of the Commissioner’s county-wide ‘Over To You’ consultation programme, saw over 60 local residents turning out to give their views on Friday, June 19.
In line with the feedback from other such events in the county, the majority of people were surprised to learn the true scale of the funding cuts affecting policing and wanted to see a freeze on any future reductions.
It was also clear that most people thought the police should prioritise crimes which have serious consequences for the victim and those which have wide-reaching consequences such as terrorism and organised crime. The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults emerged as a key priority.
People were also asked about their expectations for response times for emergency and non-emergency calls to the police and were pleased to learn that the average time for answering 999 calls (based on the data period available) was just 5.2 seconds.
Alan Charles said: “Matlock is a major tourist destination, with many visitors arriving every day, so I was really pleased to be able to talk to local residents about policing in the town. It was clear that many people had not realised the scale of the government’s funding cuts and support my calls to halt plans for future reductions to our funding.
“But, most importantly, as anyone can see, the overall responses from these events really do have an influence on my Police and Crime Plan. Public views should shape the way services are delivered – this face to face feedback provides that opportunity.”