Still time to have your say on police priorities

The police operation has helped reduce the number of metal thefts in the county
The police operation has helped reduce the number of metal thefts in the county

More than 2,000 people have already had 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.

Over the past few weeks, Northamptonshire Police and Police Authority have been asking residents and businesses across the county to share their views on policing priorities and budget by taking part in a countywide survey.

The consultation will help inform the PCC when they set their priorities for crime and policing and the policing budget for 2013/14.

The force and Police Authority are urging anyone who hasn’t yet completed the survey or taken part in the budget simulator to take the opportunity to have their say.

The easiest way to take part is to go online at and complete the survey which can be done anytime up to Tuesday, October 2.

Alternatively, you 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 feed back their views collectively, by calling 01604 888113 or emailing

Some of the findings from the online survey so far are:

People have said anti-social behaviour should be the number one priority

People have said rubbish or litter lying about is the biggest problem in their area

The majority of people who have completed the online survey agree the service Northamptonshire Police provides is value for money

Nearly half of those who have completed the online survey said they would be prepared to pay an extra 13p a week in council tax, giving Northamptonshire Police an extra £1.8 million towards policing

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner 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 within Northamptonshire will be able to vote for a PCC for the county, who will replace Northamptonshire Police Authority.

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.