Help shape the future of policing in South Staffs

Help shape the future of policing in South Staffs

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People aged 18 and over in South Staffordshire are being urged to step forward to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) to help hold the Local Police Commander to account and look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said: ‘This is a real opportunity for people in South Staffordshire to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge them to get involved.

‘I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital. The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that these panels bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.’

Vince Merrick, Chair of South Staffordshire SNP, added: ‘When I joined the panel I found the police fascinating and the training I received very interesting. This training is ongoing and has led to me being able to give my views on all aspects of policing.

‘I have made many new friends across Staffordshire and would recommend to the young and old to join the panel to help hold our local police to account.’

Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to 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.

Anyone interested in joining their local SNP should register their interest at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-neighbourhood-panels/ or contact Helen Marshall, the panel co-ordinator for South Staffordshire, on 01902 696257.