RESIDENTS are being phoned up and asked, "What do you honestly think of Warwickshire Police?"
In a new survey launched by the force, a market research company will be asking people for their views on crime, how safe they feel, and how confident they are in their officers.
Chief Supt Martin McNevin, Head of Local Policing, said: “This is an important survey as it helps us establish local people’s views on those issues that matter most to them such as crime and anti-social behaviour.”
There are also questions relating to specific initiatives going on in local neighbourhoods, which will help the police to assess how well people think these are working, and questions about how safe or unsafe people feel on their local roads.
Chief Supt McNevin said “The survey is completely optional and there is no obligation to take part. But for many this is an opportunity for people to tell us honestly what they think about local policing in their area.”
The random survey started last week and will continue for the rest of this financial year. The results will be used by Warwickshire Police and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball, when they set up the annual policing plan next year.
Chief Supt McNevin said: “Improving the confidence and satisfaction of our communities is key for Warwickshire Police and consulting local residents will help us and our partner agencies react to local needs and provide a better service.
“We are also interested in the level of people’s worries and fears about crime because these can often be out of proportion to actual crime levels. This is particularly important across Warwickshire as it remains an area of low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Sometimes problems exist that do need to be tackled directly, however on other occasions more visible patrolling and improved communication between the police and the community are the key to providing reassurance.”
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “I would ask members of the public to take the few minutes it takes to complete this to help enable me to ensure that we can provide the policing that you - the people of Warwickshire - want".
To ensure a random survey is achieved, requests to participate cannot be taken. However, members of the public are encouraged to contact their local policing team if they have any issues.
If you are contacted by interviewers and wish to check that it is a genuine call, you can call Elena James or Emily Southall in Business Assurance & Improvement on 01905 332866 or 01905 338814.
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