A SURVEY, designed to gather the views of thousands of people about the future of policing has been launched.

The research, launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones three years ago, broke all records last year when close to 3,500 people took part.

Over the past two years the annual survey has played a key role in shaping the PCC’s council tax and spending plans.

In 2018 residents’ views led to a number of new initiatives including:

The launch of the Community Speed Watch (CSW) Scheme – with parish volunteers being mobilised to identify speeding drivers.

Funding for advanced and refresher driving courses for under 25s and over 60s – the two groups that too often feature in serious and fatal collisions on our road.

New pursuit vehicles to give the edge to officers at the forefront of tackling offences including drugs, weapons, terrorism and organised crime.

A new command and control computer system– the most up-to-date in the UK – to transform communications between the public and the police force and the way in which units are deployed.

The introduction of a new neighbourhood policing model using modern mobile technology to support local officers and PCSOs to be out in the community for longer. These improved systems will enable a better focus on protecting the vulnerable, monitoring potential risks and gathering intelligence whilst tackling and preventing crime.

Investment in the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems to enable officers to trace and arrest offenders, as well as ensuring that drivers without a licence or insurance can be quickly apprehended and taken off our roads.

This year’s survey will continue to guide priorities and crucial decision making on where investment should be made, said Mr Jones.

“The response in previous years has been phenomenal and the thousands who took part certainly played an important role in helping me shape the future of their police force,” said Mr Jones.

“This year will be no different. The people who engage with the research can be confident their opinions will be heard and acted upon and, of course, I would encourage as many people as possible to ensure their voices are heard.”

To complete the survey, please visit https://residentslincscrimeandpolicingsurvey.questionpro.com?custom2=BostonBoroughCouncil