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Police chiefs are encouraging communities across Gedling borough to help shape local policing in their areas, after the force launched one of its biggest public consultation exercises in its history today (March 16).

The survey is part of the force’s ‘what matters’ campaign which is giving the public a genuine opportunity to influence where local police in their area should focus their efforts.

The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is available for members of the public to complete online at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/whatmatters

As well as being made available online, the public will also be able to complete the survey face-to-face with local officers in their area as part of their everyday work to ensure that as many peoples’ views as possible are considered.

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The results of the survey will help neighbourhood policing teams to better understand what matters most to the communities they serve, as well as enabling them to focus their efforts on designated neighbourhood priorities within each area.

As the force continues to invest in neighbourhood policing, the survey will enable local teams to focus on more of what matters to communities as more officers are recruited and proactive ‘Reacher’ policing teams are introduced across the county.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of Nottinghamshire Police’s work and this initiative is an extension of our commitment to engage with the communities we serve to ensure that we are continuing to focus on what matters most to local people.

“Focusing on specific priorities within each neighbourhood is already helping to address issues as they are raised and this work will help to ensure that we can focus on more of what matters to local people as our ambitious recruitment plans continue and introduce proactive policing teams into each area of the county.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to take just a few short minutes to complete the survey to help shape local policing priorities in their area.”

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How neighbourhood policing priorities are decided

The survey’s launch recognises Nottinghamshire Police’s renewed focus on addressing designated neighbourhood policing priorities which are informed by local crime and incident data before being agreed by each area’s neighbourhood policing inspector in agreement with local partners and elected members.

Once agreed, each area’s priorities are published on the Nottinghamshire Police website alongside monthly updates about the progress that neighbourhood policing teams are making to address each priority.

The survey complements the existing public consultation activity that is undertaken by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner and is already being used to inform how local policing priorities are decided across the county.

Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, said: “It’s important that the police know what people think and what they expect from their local neighbourhood policing teams. “We know how much local policing matters to people, which is why I am pleased that we are continuing to invest in neighbourhood policing as part of our ambitious plans to recruit 107 new police officers in 2020 alone.”

CC Guildford and PCC Tipping joined officers from the Rushcliffe neighbourhood policing team on Friday (13 March 2020) to launch the survey during a proactive operation targeting burglaries in the Lady Bay area of West Bridgford.

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The operation was launched after burglary was identified as a neighbourhood policing priority for Rushcliffe, following a recent series of incidents targeting properties in the area.

It saw local officers share crime prevention advice with residents in the most affected areas.

What matters to you? Have your say on local policing in your area:

To have your say on local policing priorities in your area, visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/whatmatters

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