Sharing views on performance of police
8:50am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
MORE than 4,000 households across Swindon and Wiltshire will be getting a call in the coming months from researchers gathering opinions on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Angus Macpherson.
Under the law that created PCCs – the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 – commissioners must gather public views about policing in their area.
The phone survey will also explore issues such as quality of life and fear of crime and the research will be carried out in two phases, with the first getting underway on Monday, October 21, and running through to early December, and the second in spring 2014.
Mr Macpherson said: “Regular consultation with the public is a key requirement of my office.
“Understanding the views of the public will help me to decide on the level of the police element of Council Tax, and on the services I will commission.
“The feedback may also lead me to amend my Police and Crime Plan.
“I know such telephone calls can sometimes seem a bit of a nuisance, but I would strongly urge people who wish to influence policies on police and crime to take the time to answer the questions.”
The data will be shared with Wiltshire Police because it will contain important insights into the levels of confidence that respondents have in their neighbourhood policing teams.
Chief Superintendent Paul Mills, head of local policing, said: “This is a great opportunity for communities in Wiltshire to feed back to the police.”
The information is also circulated to area boards across Wiltshire and locality meetings in Swindon. The research will be conducted by a company called Information by Design and the questions should take about 15 minutes to answer.
Anyone who receives a call and has any concerns about the validity of the caller can phone the Office of the PCC on 01380 734 022 and ask for Ruth McGee on extension 2396. To read the findings of the Wiltshire Police Authority surveys, go to www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk and search for WPA consultation documents.