Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader is inviting members of the public and community representatives to become part of a new advisory panel to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
In his first Police and Crime Plan, Sir Clive has made it clear he wants to empower local people to make decisions about policing and have an active role in crime reduction. As part of this aim, the Commissioner is creating several consultation panels to build stronger relationships with the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and ensure that policing policy truly reflects public opinion.
Anti-social behaviour remains one of the public’s greatest concerns and has been outlined as a key priority in the Police and Crime Plan. Sir Clive is inviting victims, community representatives and youth workers to volunteer for the new panel to look more closely at this type of offending, identify what works and what doesn’t and to consider action to address the problem.
“My aim since becoming Commissioner has been to bring policing back to the people. Local residents have a raw and fresh outlook on offending and very often are the best people to identify solutions because they are living in the very heart of the communities which are being blighted by anti-social behaviour.
“I want to give people an official platform in which to share their experiences and have an input into the action taken to make their streets safer and these forums are just one way of doing this.
“By involving people in the decision-making process, we will encourage our communities to take more ownership and responsibility for local policing which will promote confidence and satisfaction.”
The progress made by Leicestershire Police and its proactive approach to tackling this type of offending has been formally acknowledged by HMIC and others.
T/Supt Mark Newcombe is the Force’s ASB lead. He said: “While ASB incidents have been falling in recent years we are not complacent. We understand the impact it can have on communities and we are committed to further reducing the harm caused by ASB.”
There are currently 29 ASB incidents per 1,000 population in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – the third lowest figure in England and Wales.
Sir Clive is determined to ensure the downward trend continues and is looking to promote partnership working to improve the speed at which problems are dealt with and prevention work to bring long-term results.
Anyone interested in joining the panel can register their interest at http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Get-involved-with-Leicestershire-PCC.aspx or by calling 0116 229 8980
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Posted on Monday 9th May 2016