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Nottinghamshire Pride visitors to be asked about their crime fears

Festival goers will be invited to share their views on policing in a snap shot survey to be conducted at this weekend’s Nottinghamshire Pride event.

Thousands of people will descend upon Nottingham on Saturday (July 25) for the county’s annual Pride festival which celebrates diversity and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

During the event, which takes place in the City centre, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will join officers from the Force to chat to people about their crime concerns and their knowledge of the Commissioner’s work.

They will also be asked whether they would be prepared to pay more towards policing and for their suggestions on how the Force should achieve the £12m savings required in 2016/17 to help protect critical frontline services. 

The results will be collated and fed into the Commissioner’s ongoing engagement work to help decision-making and resource allocation as he approaches next year’s budget.

Commenting on the survey, Mr Tipping said: “Nottinghamshire Pride offers us a fantastic opportunity to talk to lots of people about what life is like living in the county and particularly how safe they feel.

“Many of these people will be from the LGBT community whose voices and needs are particularly important to be heard to enable us to offer better protection in the future. Abuse of any kind due to someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is hate crime and this is an area which is particularly under-reported. This is something that we aim to address but firstly we must increase confidence in local policing by listening to what all our diverse communities are saying.  

“Nottinghamshire Pride brings people together to celebrate the diversity that exists in our county and is a great platform for encouraging people to think about issues of prejudice and injustice which affect some people every day of their lives.”

The day-long celebration will involve music performances and various stalls including art.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the survey but is unable to attend Nottinghamshire Pride can do so online by visiting: www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/snap-shot-survey



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Thursday 23rd July 2015
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