Have your say on the future of policing, crime commisioner urges

Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Comissioner
Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Comissioner

The final stage of consultation on future policing and crime in Northamptonshire is under way from today, January 2,led by police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds.

The outcome will help determine the five year police and crime plan for Northamptonshire, which has, by law, to be adopted by the end of March 2012. The plan will set out how policing priorities and criminal justice will be achieved. A police budget for the financial year beginning in April must also be put in place by then.

Mr Simmonds said: “There has already been extensive consultation on policing priorities for Northamptonshire, which was held between August- October. This involved detailed research of nearly 8,500 people and organisations about which things they felt were most important. The top priorities which came out of that were anti-social behaviour, drugs and burglary, violent crime and road safety. Increased police visibility was chosen as the most popular way for tackling these issues.

“From my first day in office my team has been hard at work on this plan and so we have a detailed, meaningful plan on which to consult. The consultation on the plan runs from January 2 to 15. It’s a tight timescale we have to meet with no room for manoeuvre, so I am keen to hear as many views as possible. We are sending details to interested individuals and organisations right across the county. Anyone interested in expressing a view can see the draft plan at www.northantspcc.org and take part by completing the short online survey.