Cleveland Police has launched a major consultation on neighbourhood policing with residents across the area urged to give their views.

Under the banner of ‘Our Conversation’, the neighbourhood policing survey seeks to find out what local people see as priorities for the area they live, and how they want neighbourhood policing to be delivered.

Chief Constable Richard Lewis has spoken publicly about the importance of neighbourhood policing, and the need to re-establish good connections with communities.

The results from the survey will be looked at alongside other information available to the Force, and a new neighbourhood policing model will be put into place.

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Neighbourhood policing has to be at the heart of the service we deliver. We can’t lose the vital opportunity that it gives us to understand our communities and gain intelligence to solve their problems and tackle crime.

“Our Conversation is the banner under which we will seek feedback from the public, and this first consultation is the opportunity for people to tell us about their neighbourhood.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Neighbourhood policing has always been a key priority of mine and is one of the most common concerns residents raise with me at community meetings.

“I’ve invested heavily in Cleveland Police’s neighbourhood teams and a key factor in appointing Chief Constable Richard Lewis was his similar commitment to neighbourhood policing.

“I would urge all residents to have their say in this consultation and tell the Force what they want their neighbourhood officers to do for them. We must make the very best use of the limited resources we have to deliver the policing our communities need and deserve.”

The survey can be completed by clicking on this link , it will also be available in local police stations and officers and staff will be reaching out to local communities to ask for their views. DOWNLOAD A hard copy this can be printed off and either posted or handed in to a local station or handed to an officer.

I would be grateful if you could complete the survey and circulate it to other groups and residents encouraging them to complete it so that we capture the views of as many people as possible.

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