Have your say: PCC launches Annual Policing Survey
The Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott wants to know what policing issues matter most to you.
Launching his Annual Policing Survey, Mr Scott said:
The survey also seeks residents’ views on how much they think is a fair amount to pay towards policing through their council tax, and whether they would welcome Kent Police working even closer with its partners in future.
‘Last year I ran a really successful public consultation which helped shape Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. It was clear that people were not only concerned about traditional crimes like burglary and anti-social behaviour but also emerging threats to our county like child sexual exploitation and terrorism.
‘When the plan was published earlier this year I committed to keeping it under constant review and regularly updated in line with what local communities want. I’m now seeking to hear from people again - hopefully even more than last year - to see if and how their priorities have changed.
‘Last year’s consultation also included a brief question on Ride Along schemes and I want to explore this idea further. I’m asking for people’s views on whether we should make the existing scheme available to more people, or whether I should establish a panel to scrutinise Kent Police officers’ Body Worn Video footage. Either of these ideas would assist me in holding the force to account - but some residents may be satisfied with the current system.’
Copies of the survey will be available at public events, such as the Kent Police Open Day on 2 July and the Kent County Show where Mr Scott will be on hand to actively engage with residents and answer any questions they have. Leaflets will also be available from police stations, council offices and other public buildings.
Alternatively, the survey can be completed online. It only takes a few minutes and no personal details are required. For the first time, the OPCC website is also able to display the survey online in a wide variety of languages.
Mr Scott added:
‘It is vital for PCCs to engage effectively with communities to ensure local policing priorities reflect local needs and I do hope that the diverse communities of Kent and Medway will take the opportunity to make their voices heard.’