The Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on the people of Greater Manchester to help shape the future of policing in the region.
Next week, Tony Lloyd will be visiting all 10 Greater Manchester districts in five days to meet as many people as possible and encourage them to give their views as he unveils his draft priorities for policing.
Tony said: “My job as Police and Crime Commissioner is to be a strong and effective voice for everyone in Greater Manchester.
“Since being elected last November I’ve spent my time going across Greater Manchester listening to people, and finding out how they want policing to work in the region. I’ve used those views to shape how I think we can deliver the best possible police service in Greater Manchester. I’ve now set out what I believe the key priorities are, but before producing my final policing plan I want to hear from as many people as possible.
“I can’t stress enough how important this is – this is our plan, not my plan and this consultation process gives every single person in Greater Manchester the chance to get involved in decision-making.”
Tony will use the responses to complete the police and crime plan, which will be published at the end of March.
The draft plan sets out Tony’s eight policing objectives for the next four years.
Meanwhile, next week members of the public will also have the chance to quiz Tony and GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy in person on the plan and any other issues at the first of a series of public meetings.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday 30 January at 2.30pm at The Ballroom, Flixton House, Flixton Road, Trafford, M41 5GJ.
Tony added: “If I’m not listening to local people then I’m not effectively fulfilling my role as their Police and Crime Commissioner. This meeting is 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.”
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.
Residents can read the draft priorities and respond at gmpcc.org.uk/yoursay.
Residents without access to the internet should contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 0161 604 7711.