Posted on Tuesday 2nd August

Thousands of residents across Cheshire have ‘Joined the Conversation’, to give Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane their views on policing priorities as he begins drafting a new Police & Crime Plan for the county. 

Over the last six weeks (14th June – 27th July) residents, stakeholders and police officers and staff have been able to give their views at dozens of roadshows and events run across the county, or online through the Commissioner’s website.

Reflecting on the last six week’s David said: “Getting out and listening to our communities was my first priority on coming into office and I have been delighted with the response from the public, partner organisations and the Constabulary’s officers and staff. I have found that there is a real appetite and interest to discuss ideas for the future of policing in our great county. Myself and my team have spoken to thousands of residents, which when added to almost 2,400 on-line surveys and feedback from partners provides a great insight into what matters locally.

“Visible policing, based within our communities, is a strong message that I have been hearing along with the importance of having local officers and PCSOs who can build relationships with the people they are serving. Anti-social behaviour, road safety, drugs and the police’s role in protecting young people have also been consistently raised.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken to time to get involved – it has been great to hear what you have to say.”

The Commissioner and his team will now spend the rest of the summer analysing all of the surveys and responses, before drafting a new Police & Crime Plan, setting out the Constabulary’s priorities.

“On drafting the Plan I will seek the advice of the Chief Constable, and others, before undertaking a further public consultation for six weeks this autumn on a draft version to ensure the Plan reflects the needs of Cheshire’s communities.

“I will then publish a final version in December.”