Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has announced details of the 2013 Have Your Say programme – the largest feedback exercise in the Derbyshire policing calendar.
From next month, he and representatives from both his office and Derbyshire Constabulary will visit every corner of the county to gather public opinion on a range of policing issues and provide communities with an opportunity to discuss their concerns on a one-to-one basis.
At various community events and policing meetings over the next four months, members of the public will be asked to fill out a questionnaire asking for their response to a range of policing questions. The survey, which has the full support of Derbyshire Constabulary, gathers important feedback on a host of issues including how safe they feel, what their understanding of frontline policing is, how their quality of life is affected by the fear of crime and what their top five priorities for policing are. This year’s survey also asks whether they know who Derbyshire’s PCC is and how to contact them.
PCCs have a statutory duty to consult the public and ensure public opinion helps steer service reform but Commissioner Charles is keen to take this task even further by re-connecting the public with the people who protect them and giving them a greater sense of control over the decision-making process. He also wants to promote inclusion and make policing accessible to every resident living or working in the county irrespective of their culture, ethnicity or lifestyle.
Commissioner Charles said: “The Have Your Say initiative is one of the most far-reaching consultation exercises around and has collected extremely valuable information over the years. This survey will give me a better understanding of the hopes and concerns of our communities and ensure that my future decisions regarding crime reduction reflect public opinion.
“I’ve always said that this job is as much about people as it is about policing and this is one of those golden opportunities where the people who rely on us can tell us how we could make their lives better. The information we collect will help us identify any weaknesses and will set the scene for future improvements.”
Have your Say 2013 kicks off at Derby University on Friday, 3 May, when students will be giving their views. Details of other Have Your Say events around the county can be found on the website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Community-Engagement-Events/Have-Your-Say-2013.aspx.