Tell new police commissioner your crime priorities

Deirdre Newham, chairman of Northamptonshire Police Authority
Deirdre Newham, chairman of Northamptonshire Police Authority

People can have their say on what the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner’s priorities should be.

On November 15, 2012, all eligible voters within Northamptonshire will be able to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the county, who will replace Northamptonshire Police Authority.

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is to represent the public in policing and community safety. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on how they involve the public and take account of their views and concerns in their decision making.

Northamptonshire Police Authority, Northamptonshire Police and the six Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), are asking residents, businesses and community groups across the county to have their say by taking part in a consultation to help inform the PCC when they set their priorities for crime and policing for 2013/14.

The county’s six Community Safety Partnerships are Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Daventry and South Northamptonshire and East Northamptonshire.

Deirdre Newham, chairman of Northamptonshire Police Authority, is keen to encourage people to take part in the consultation. She said: “Involving the public in setting policing priorities is an important part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s role. Crime and policing impacts on everybody’s lives and I would urge everyone to take the opportunity to have their say, to help inform future decisions about where funding priorities lie and play their part in shaping policing in Northamptonshire”.

The feedback from the consultation will also help inform the priorities and work undertaken by the six Community Safety Partnerships, which in addition to the Police and Police Authority, include Northamptonshire County Council, the local borough or district council, the NHS, Probation and others.

There are a number of ways in which people can have their say:

The simplest way is to complete the online survey at www.northants.police.uk.

Alternatively, they can 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 feedback their views collectively, by calling 01604 888113 or emailing janef@northants-pa.gov.uk.

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.