Friday 15th July

My initial consultation on policing priorities is well underway, in fact there is only a week or so to go until it closes!

I have been across Cheshire at roadshows and events talking to the public and met with local police officers and staff, partners and stakeholders. I am listening to what our communities think about policing. It has been really interesting to discuss ideas for the future and also hear the themes that are consistently coming up as important.

Visible policing based within our communities is a strong message that I have been hearing along with the advantages of having local officers and PCSOs who can build relationships with the people they are serving. The work of the police in protecting vulnerable people and communities has also been a key theme, whether this is in relation to domestic and sexual abuse, tackling hate crime or working together with those with the most complex needs. Anti-social behaviour, road safety, crime prevention and the police’s relationship with young people have also been consistently raised.




It has been great to hear from so many people. So what comes next?

Once the consultation closes on 26th July, all the survey responses will be collated and analysed so I can get a full picture of what you have been saying. This will be combined with the feedback that I have heard at roadshows and my meetings with partners, advice from the Chief Constable and priorities that I set out on my election to office. I will then develop a Police & Crime Plan 2016-2020 for Cheshire. Once a final draft is complete I will publish this and ask for feedback as part of a second six week consultation.

This will take place in the autumn and allow me to refine the plan before publishing the final version by the end of the year. The result will be a plan which will reflect the views of the public and will clearly set out the direction for policing for the next four years.

On a final point, I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to give me your views - if you haven’t had chance yet then please take a couple of minutes and fill out the survey.

David Keane
Police & Crime Commissioner