West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner launches Community Conversation (10 Nov 2014)

Members of the public are being urged to get involved with the West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Community Conversation.

Launched today (MON) the Community Conversation will see Mark Burns-Williamson out and about across West Yorkshire speaking to members of the public about policing and community safety and the concerns they face in their communities.

A webchat on the Community Conversation, where people get the opportunity to ask questions on issues in their area, takes place tonight (MON) at 7pm at www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.

To join in the Community Conversation on Twitter follow @WestYorksOPCC and #ComConvo.

The Conversation will see people across the county give their views on what is important to them. The PCC would like to hear about the policing and community safety issues which matter to help shape the delivery of policing services going forward.

A Community Conversations e-survey will also launched today at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CommunityConversation2014 and run until December 10.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "Community Conversations is all about putting people across West Yorkshire at the heart of what we do, being engaged with and importantly making sure their views are part of the decision making process.

"I want to ensure that the views, needs and expectations of our communities are taken into account and that we work to meet the priorities of people and their families who live and work across the county in these times of severe Government cuts to all of our budgets.

"It is your community and I want you to have your say and on what matters to you, certainly with severe and continued budget cuts, it is important that I hear from members of the public about what matters to you to help shape the delivery of policing services going forward.

"I continue to listen to you and engage in our communities and the Police and Crime Plan is strongly influenced by what you care about, where you live, so please engage in this Community Conversation and let me know what matters to you, so that as your PCC I can address your concerns."

This week, community centre drop ins will be held in Wakefield and Bradford.

The survey covers eight questions including what people consider to be the main concerns in their community, what are their main issues around road safety, how can victims and witnesses be better supported, and your opinions and whether the police element of the council tax should increase.

Information gained from members of the public and the e-survey will then be used to inform the review of the Police and Crime Plan and the wider work being done at the OPCC to ensure communities are safe and feel safe.

There will also be lots of further opportunities and visits across the districts to give people the opportunity to have their say.

For more information contact the OPCC on (01924) 294000 or email [email protected].

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