Cambridge residents are urged to take part in the survey asking for policing priorities over the coming year. Copies are available online as well as through the library service.
Richard Normington commented, “This is a welcome innovation, I hope people will make their voices heard.”
He added, “One of the things we can’t change, however, is the culture of box-ticking and bureaucracy that central government has introduced over the years. That can only change when Labour leaves office, which I hope will be soon.”
In a message to local people, the authority said, “For the first time ever a 'People's Priority' will be included in next year's Policing Plan, meaning that you will get to decide what should be a priority for policing in Cambridgeshire.
Each year the Police Authority publishes a three-year rolling plan setting out what is expected of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in terms of tackling national and local priorities. It provides an overview of the resources available, how these will be used and specifies how Cambridgeshire Constabulary's performance will be monitored.
The Police Authority is asking you for your views on the 2009-2012 plan, which is available in libraries across Cambridgeshire and online (see link below) as well as asking them what should be included in next year's plan.
To give feedback on the Policing Plan or register your views for the 'People's Priority' please visit the Police Authority website (see link below) to fill in the questionnaire.
The overall 'People's Priority' will be decided based solely on the consensus of public opinion and will be included in next year's Local Policing Plan. The deadline for responses is 23rd November 2009.”