People are being encouraged to take part in a Crime and Community Survey to understand perceptions of crime, anti-social behaviour and local policing services in their area. Serving communities is at the heart of policing in Suffolk, so hearing from residents is an important part of how the Constabulary designs its service.
Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to improving services using the best available evidence. To both these ends, people who live in the county are being invited to complete this short survey to help drive improvement.
Completing this ensures you have your say and gives you the chance to be involved in how policing develops.
Suffolk Constabulary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson added: “By completing this survey you can help us tailor our service to meet the needs of the community and help keep Suffolk as one of the safest counties in the country to live, work, travel and invest.
“The more feedback we receive the better we can understand the ever-changing nature of crime and policing in the county.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “It is hugely important for us to really understand the public’s perceptions of crime, anti-social behaviour and local policing services in their area as we tailor the service to the needs of the communities we serve.
“The public response to this survey will help us to see whether we are meeting the needs of our communities here in Suffolk as we redesign policing in the county with reduced budgets.
“The public have to be at the very forefront of any decisions we make so it is crucially important everyone is encouraged to have their say.”
A survey was previously carried out in 2015 and results from both will be analysed and compared to see where progress has been made and for any key themes raised. Questions include looking at crime, community safety and communities’ policing priorities. The results will be used to help decide which improvement projects are carried out.
The survey has been designed by the University of Suffolk as part of the Constabulary’s partnership with the Better Policing Collaborative (BPC), which began in 2015. It will take around 10 minutes to complete and the results will inform police plans for the future. You can complete the survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Suffolk-CSS-2017.
The BPC is an academic research partnership, the main aim of which is to improve the constabulary’s knowledge base.
The survey closes on October 31.