Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews today launched the largest-ever consultation across the city and two counties to find out what local people want and need to make them safer.
The Commissioner has written to every household in the force area to raise awareness of his forthcoming Police and Crime Plan and the priorities he envisages will protect local people and prevent crime from bringing misery to communities.
The Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan is the blueprint for policing in Leicestershire over the next four years, setting out ambitious safety goals to be met by the Chief Constable and his officers.
Mr Matthews has launched the consultation to give residents the opportunity to influence the way their local area is policed and help him understand the issues that impact most on their lives.
He said: “I know local people have a lot to say on the safety of our communities and I want to learn from their experiences. This is an opportunity to play an active role in the future of policing in this county and make a difference.
“I will not pretend I can deliver a ‘one size fits all’ plan that solves every distinct problem in our neighbourhoods but I am serious about meeting the needs of our communities in the way that people want. This means extra police officers, more support for victims of crime, better relationships with local neighbourhood teams and the right resources in place to meet the needs of our rural towns and villages.
“Police and crime commissioners are not responsible for catching burglars but they do make important, high-level decisions about how policing is organised and how we should spend taxpayer’s money to protect our county and its people.
“We shape the future with your help. I invite every resident to get behind our police force, take interest in keeping our diverse communities safe and support our efforts to improve lives by sharing your views.”
Following consultation, the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan is subject to approval from the Police and Crime Panel. If formally agreed, the Plan will be published later in the year.
People are invited to share their views by visiting the Commissioner’s website:
https://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/police-and-crime-plan or by scanning the QR code on the leaflet they receive through the post.
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Posted on Monday 6th September 2021