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Shape The Future of Policing in Tamworth

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Thu 19 May 2016

Tamworth residents are being offered the chance to shape the future of policing at the most local level in their community by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

They are being invited to join a recently-launched Safer Neighbourhood Panel for Tamworth borough to examine and shape the work of policing, hold the Local Policing Team Commander to account and look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Application forms are available now for people who are interested in joining including those who work in business or the voluntary sector.

The local panels follow the success of the Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) which was established as part of an overarching panel in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of the PCC’s ambition to make policing in Staffordshire the most open, transparent and ethical in the country.

Mr Ellis said: “This is a real opportunity for Tamworth people to play a part in holding all responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge residents to get involved.

“I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing is vital.

“You can shape policing at the most local level in your community by joining a Safer Neighbourhood Panel.

“The new spotlight on local policing performance that these panels will bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.”

Tamworth is the latest area to get a panel following successful Photo of Deputy PCC Sue Arnold and PCC Matthew Ellis with Safer Neighbourhood Panel members from across Staffordshirelaunches in places including Cannock, Lichfield and South Staffordshire. Soon every local policing area in Staffordshire will have one. Local residents and councillors sit on the panels with magistrates bringing additional expertise. Panels will 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.

Councillor Stephen Doyle, Tamworth Borough Council Cabinet member for Communities and Public Health, said: “The new Safer Neighbourhood Panel gives Tamworth residents a perfect opportunity to get involved and have their say on how their neighbourhoods are policed, as well as raising issues of concern. It will help to make Tamworth an even safer place to live, work and visit – and I would encourage residents to join in and make their voices heard.”

Volunteers for Safer Neighbourhood Panel roles must be aged over 18, but otherwise the PCC is interested in attracting people from all walks of life irrespective of age, disability and ethnic background. Expenses will be paid.

Please see the leaflet attached below for further information. 

Anyone interested in applying to join a Safer Neighbourhood panel in Tamworth should register their interest on the Staffordshire PCC website

The Police and Crime Commissioner launched the Business Crime Matters strategy to tackle business crime and help promote economic growth across Staffordshire. This includes a specialist service offering support to business crime victims, run by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. For more information visit the Business Crime Matters website