Cheshire′s Chief Constable Simon Byrne and Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer are inviting members of the public in Ellesmere Port and Neston to tell them what they want from the police in the next in a series of engagement events across Cheshire.
The Force′s ‘Working Together′ events are taking place in colleges, universities and venues across nine of the county′s biggest towns. The next one will run West Cheshire College, off Sutton Way, CH65 7BF on 7pm – 8pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015.
The idea is to allow the community to speak to neighbourhood officers to discuss localised crime and disorder issues, ideas and priorities, as well as receiving crime prevention advice and information before joining with stakeholders from the local area to hear the strategic vision from Mr Byrne and Mr Dwyer. A similar event was held in Chester last month.
It is hoped that by working together, the police and the public can improve the service the Force provides, and ensure it is meeting the needs of the communities it serves. Members of the audience will also be asked to vote on policing priorities for their town or area.
And you can even participate from the comfort of your living room, as each meeting will be webcast live. Viewers at home will be able to log onto the Cheshire Police website from around 7pm and act as they would if there in person, asking questions and voting on priorities via email or Twitter using the #WTeport hashtag.
Mr Byrne said,
"The Constabulary has conducted events like these in the past, but not on this scale. You can have your input like never before - not only can you ask live questions, both in person or online, but you can directly influence policing priorities in your area.
"We want to hear from you to tell us what you want from your police force, and these events provide a terrific opportunity for you to do that."
Mr Dwyer added,
"I am dedicated to bringing the communities of Cheshire and the police closer together. These consultation events will allow the public to ask questions of me and of the Chief Constable and influence the policing priorities in their area.
"I′d encourage everyone to take part in these very innovative, informative and impactive events."
The public are encouraged to vote on which priority they would like their local policing teams to focus on. The priorities that have been identified are:
- Protection of vulnerable people – particularly repeat victims of crime
- Hate crime
- Domestic violence
- Anti-Social Behaviour in Whitby Park, Seacombe Park, Hope Farm Shops. Mill Lane, Thelwall Road, in Neston.
- Supply and use of drugs in Ellesmere Port and Neston
- Increased visibility and engagement with local communities.
To ask questions in advance, or for further details on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find videos from some of our previous events through our website at www.cheshire.police.uk.