Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Help Shape the Future of Policing in Stafford






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People aged 18 and over in Stafford are being urged to step forward to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) to help hold the Local Police Commander to account and look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Staffordshire's PCC Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said: 'This is a real opportunity for people in Stafford to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I'd urge them to get involved.

'I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital. The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that SNPs bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.'

Steve Frodsham, from Stafford SNP added: 'SNPs perform a vital role in ensuring that the work of our local police service is visible to and held accountable by the community it serves.

'We're really keen that the Stafford panel is representative of the whole community, and are looking for volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to join us and play an active role in scrutinising and challenging the work of the police.

'Acting as a 'critical friend' we scrutinise a range of policing activity and meet with the local commander every three months to question him on what we consider to be the most important issues.'

Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.

Anyone interested in joining their local SNP should register their interest at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-neighbourhood-panels/ or contact Zoe Baker, panel co-ordinator, on 01785 619309.