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Police chief consults community groups to help shape policing agenda

Nottinghamshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner is to host two events designed at giving women and members of minority communities a say on how policing should be delivered in the county. 

The events, set to take place on Tuesday (December 11 2012), will enable members of under-represented communities and female residents to discuss their experience of policing in the county and raise any areas of concern at the highest level.

Paddy Tipping, who was elected as Nottinghamshire’s first Commissioner last month, is required to publish a Police and Crime Plan as part of his role to instigate change and improvement within policing. The Plan must reflect the views of the public as well as address issues of finance and resources, grants, police performance and the Commissioner’s police and crime priorities, which will be largely informed by public opinion.

The Plan, due to be published in March, is in the process of being drafted and the Commissioner would like the opportunity of discussing initial priorities and objectives with the public. These include protecting, supporting and responding to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people; focusing on local areas most affected by crime and disorder; reducing the impact of substance misuse of levels of crime, preventing offending and re-offending, improving the efficiency of criminal justice and spending your money wisely.

Mr Tipping, who will be accompanied by his deputy Chris Cutland for the events, said: “Crime affects everybody, even if we are fortunate enough not to become a victim. The safety of our streets has a direct impact on quality of life and our confidence in local policing and one way in which we can influence change is to convey what is and isn’t working.

“In this new landscape, the police and the public are now on a more level playing field, and I am personally committed to ensuring that voice embraces the diversity that lies within our community.”

The Women’s Group Meeting takes place on Tuesday from 10am until noon at the Mechanics Institute, 3 Sherwood Street, Nottingham, and will discuss crimes affecting women. Meanwhile, the community group meeting will take place on the same day between 7pm and 9pm at The Deaf Society, 22 Forest Road West.

Numbers for the events are limited and anyone wishing to attend should contact Jackie Nash at Nottinghamshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07525 406883 or 0115 967 0999 ext 801 2006. Alternatively, email Jackie.nash@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

Posted on Monday 10th December 2012
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