It was a full house in Flixton, Trafford on Wednesday 30 January, as Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner hosted his first public meeting.
Local residents quizzed Tony Lloyd and the Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy on police and crime issues at the meeting at Flixton House. Restorative justice, hate crime, privatisation of the police and working more closely with the community were just some of the issues raised.
If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, you can replay the questions and answers here.
Subsequent meetings will be held monthly in each local authority area of Greater Manchester throughout 2013 so that every resident has the chance to meet Tony and Sir Peter – and have a say in policing and crime issues.
Tony said: “If I’m not listening to local people then I’m not effectively fulfilling my role as their Police and Crime Commissioner. These meetings are your chance to meet me and Sir Peter face-to-face and share your views.”
Sir Peter added: “At this time of budget reductions it is crucial that we concentrate on those issues most important to the public. These meetings will provide the opportunity to listen to the public and to demonstrate our accountability for the service we provide.
“This has to be a joint effort as crime and anti-social behaviour can only be reduced with police and local people working together.”
The next meeting is in Salford on 26 February.