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Our ‘safer’ strategy plan is top consultation in county history

October 2, 2013

THOUSANDS of people have had their say about a new strategy to make communities across Staffordshire safer – producing the biggest response in a consultation document in county history.

The Safer, Fairer, United Communities strategy was published by The Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire for consultation across the county and the city of Stoke-on-Trent in July and August – with the overwhelming majority backing the plans.

It was the biggest opportunity yet to shape the future of policing and criminal justice services in Staffordshire and make sure taxpayers’ money is spent better on visible policing and a criminal justice system that meets the needs of local people.

In total, 6,384 people gave their views through a variety of means including face-to-face surveys, public meetings and on-line.

A total of 98 per cent of people agreed that the overall vision was important while 89 per cent agreed with the strategy itself. A third of all feedback came from Stoke.

During the consultation, almost 4,000 people viewed specially-made animated videos about how the strategy will affect the everyday lives of Staffordshire people. Tens of thousands of people were also reached on Twitter and facebook during the campaign.

The draft strategy’s four priorities – early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses, managing offenders and joining up the criminal justice system through public confidence – were viewed as important by almost everyone (97 per cent to 99 per cent of respondents).

Feedback about specific themes will now be incorporated into the final version of the strategy which will be launched shortly.

We set out to engage with as many people as possible over the last two months.

Thank you to every person, community group or organisation who gave their feedback which made this consultation one of the most successful in terms of the number of respondents in Staffordshire in recent years.

The appetite for better and more joined up services is clear – people want effective visible policing on our streets and a criminal justice system that meets their individual needs should they require it.

If nothing changes, services will decline, but things are changing in Staffordshire.

For more details about Safer, Fairer, United Communities visit http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk

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