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Members of the public reassured about changes to the police force

Residents of the Harborough District were last night (Monday 26 January) reassured about impending changes to Leicestershire Police.

Over 30 people attended the ‘What matters to you?’ event which was held at the Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough. The panel consisted of Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, Chief Constable Simon Cole and Community Safety Partnership Chair Councillor Bill Liqourish.

Sir Clive opened the session by talking about the roles and responsibilities of the PCC. Chief Constable Simon Cole then gave a presentation on the proposed plans and how it will affect residents of the Harborough District. The session was then opened to the floor and a range of questions were put to the panel.

Many residents asked questions about how their neighbourhoods would be policed once the changes come into place. Those attending the session were reassured that, despite officers no longer being dispatched from the station in Market Harborough, they would still be deployed to areas according to demand and need.

At the end of the session, a member of public led the round up and thanked the panel for taking time out to come and talk to them. A number of people said that the event was “very helpful and informative”, “an excellent insight into the complex challenges facing the service” and “very positive and open presentation”.

Sir Clive Loader said: “It’s a real pleasure being a part of these events. It gives members of the communities we serve an opportunity to get answers to matters that are important to them. As we go through these changes, it is even more important that we take time to hear people’s concerns and reassure them that we will continue to keep communities safe.”




Posted on Monday 9th May 2016
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