It’s time to have your say on the police budget and how the force spends its money.
Residents and businesses across the county have been having their say on what they think the police and Community Safety Partnerships should be focusing on to help inform the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) when setting their priorities for 2013-14.
Northamptonshire Police and Police Authority are now inviting people to give their views on the policing budget, by taking part in a budget simulator available at www.northants.police.uk.
The budget simulator demonstrates how the policing budget is currently spent and gives people the chance to say what areas of policing they would spend the money on or where they would spend less, giving examples of what consequences this may have on the services delivered.
The consultation will help inform the PCC when they set their priorities for crime and policing and the policing budget for 2013-14 and there are several ways in which people can have their say.
You can complete the online survey and budget simulator at www.northants.police.uk, by clicking on the ‘Have your say’ tab on the homepage.
People can also request a postal survey or ‘Have your say’ pack, which can be used by community groups or groups of friends and family to discuss and feed back their views collectively, by calling 01604 888113 or emailing email@example.com.
The role of the PCC is to represent the public in policing and community safety and much emphasis is placed on how they involve the public and take account of their views and concerns in their decision making.
On November 15 all eligible voters in Northamptonshire will be able to vote for a PCC for the county, who will replace Northamptonshire Police Authority.
The consultation will run until October 2 and residents and businesses across the county are encouraged to complete the survey or ‘Have your say’ pack and play their part in shaping the policing services provided to the communities of Northamptonshire in 2013-14.