Public in Chester urged to tell the police what they want Date published: 21st September 2015 12.05pm

Cheshire′s Chief Constable Simon Byrne and Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer are inviting members of the public in Chester to tell them what they want from the police in the next in a series of engagement events across the county.

The Force′s ‘Working Together′ events are taking place in colleges, universities and venues across the county′s biggest towns. The next one will run at West Cheshire College, Eaton Road, Handbridge, CH4 7ER from 6.45-8.15pm on Wednesday 7 October.

The idea is to allow the community to speak to neighbourhood officers to discuss localised crime and disorder issues, ideas and priorities, as well as receiving crime prevention advice and information before joining with stakeholders from the local area to hear the strategic vision from Mr Byrne and Mr Dwyer.

It is hoped that by working together, the police and the public can improve the service the Force provides, and ensure it is meeting the needs of the communities it serves. Members of the audience will also be asked to vote on policing priorities for their area.

If you can’t make the event on the night, you can participate from the comfort of your living room, as the meeting will be webcast live. Viewers at home will be able to log onto the Cheshire Police website from around 7pm and act as they would if there in person, asking questions and voting on priorities via email or Twitter using the #WTchester hashtag.

Mr Byrne said: "The Constabulary has conducted events like these in the past, but not on this scale. You can have your input like never before - not only can you ask live questions, both in person or online, but you can directly influence policing priorities in your area.

"We want to hear from you to tell us what you want from your police force, and these events provide a terrific opportunity for you to do that."

Mr Dwyer added: "I am dedicated to bringing the communities of Cheshire and the police closer together. These consultation events will allow the public to ask questions of me and of the Chief Constable and influence the policing priorities in their area.

"I′d encourage everyone to take part in these very innovative, informative and impactive events."

To ask questions in advance, or for further details on the event, email working.together@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. You can also find videos from some of our previous events through the Cheshire Police website at www.cheshire.police.uk.

The public are encouraged to vote on which priority they would like their local policing teams to focus on. The priorities that have been identified are:

• Crime and anti-social behaviour associated with Chester City Centre.
• The use and supply of drugs (including legal highs)
• Anti-social behaviour at sops, parks and other areas within the community
• Theft from shops
• Burglary of homes and theft of and from vehicles
• Parking and speeding issues within the community

To ask questions in advance, or for further details on the event, email working.together@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. You can also find videos from some of our previous events through the Cheshire Police website at www.cheshire.police.uk.