On taking office in May 2016, the Commissioner laid out a new vision for his office to engage with the public.
The large geographical size of the Humberside Police force area, covering four very different unitary authorities, each with individual community safety priorities and demographic make-ups, presents a serious challenge to ensure communities are effectively engaged with and cannot be achieved by the Commissioner alone. In Summer 2017 a new Communities and Engagement Team was created to work alongside local Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) and develop improved methods of public consultation.
Four Engagement Officers now work in each of the Local Authority areas as the Commissioner’s local representatives, working with partners and the public.
In his Police and Crime Plan, Commissioner Keith Hunter has set the following aim:
“To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities.”
One of the key deliverables of this aim is:
“Effective communication and engagement with communities and the public”
The Commissioner has made clear his intention to reinvigorate CSPs and the Engagement Team will work closely with each Partnership at a local level to strengthen relationships with the Office of the PCC, seek joint methods of public consultation and provide assurance on projects financed through PCC funding.
Each Engagement Officer has a background of working with Community Safety Partners, Local Authorities and Criminal Justice. They are already becoming established in their respective areas and are available to attend public meetings and community groups to provide advice on local issues.
Read our Consultation and Engagement Strategy HERE
Get more information on your local Community Safety Partnership HERE
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