Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews has thanked the public for their feedback in an online survey to gauge support for renaming Leicestershire Police.
The Commissioner was inundated with responses to his consultation on whether Leicestershire Police’s title should change to include Rutland - with the majority of residents voting against the idea.
The Hampshire Constabulary is currently renaming itself to include the Isle of Wight, which it also covers. As the other police force which covers two counties, it was suggested that Leicestershire Police might also change its name to include both county names. The Commissioner decided to hand the decision to the public by launching an online survey.
Mr Matthews said the consultation had been a huge success sparking considerable public engagement.
“I would like to thank everybody who took the time to contribute their opinions in this survey. I’m astounded by the number of responses we have had and it further confirms to me the importance of communication with the public on matters of policing.” he said.
“The consultation cost nothing as it was managed entirely online and was a resounding success. We have been overwhelmed with the strength of feeling shown and willingness for local people to use their voice on this important issue.
“Before pursuing the opportunity of a rename any further, we did the right thing which was to consult the public. Local people are quite clearly against the proposal and I will fully abide by their decision.
“Responses to the survey has highlighted, however, serious concerns among some residents in Rutland about how policing is delivered in their county. This builds on other comments that have been made to me during visits to that county. In response, I will raise these with the Chief Constable at the earliest opportunity and will be keen to see what action can be taken to address any issues.
“I always welcome public feedback. As this simple exercise has shown, local people really can make a difference.”
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Posted on Thursday 17th February 2022