The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner on Finding Out What Matters to You ...
"Listening to the views and concerns of residents is a key part of my role as Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. By aiming to fully understand issues in local areas and gauging how you feel about policing in our county, I can make more informed decisions in my work alongside the Force to plan ahead and help shape working practices.
"Last year I attended a wide range of #TalkSussex events across the county so I could meet local people and listen to their opinions and views. Sometimes these were critical of specific aspects of the police but overall I was hugely encouraged by the support and goodwill that people showed towards the Force.
"My office ran a series of small focus groups - attended by invited residents - where useful discussions took place on a wide range of policing issues. The groups were held in West Sussex: Arundel, Horsham, Midhurst, Crawley and Burgess Hill; in Hove; and in East Sussex: Newhaven, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Ticehurst.
"Focus groups were also arranged with members of the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove, a disabled forum in St Leonards, a racial harassment forum in Brighton and the Interfaith Network in Crawley. Roundtable discussions on rural crime have been held in the east and west of the county to talk about policing in more isolated areas of Sussex.
"Sussex Police is committed to its transformation strategy: recruiting more police officers (250) and PCSOs (100); improving the 101 non-emergency service and public contact; as well as providing a more visible neighbourhood presence. You can read more about the Force's transformation strategy here.
"Look out for the PCC stand at a series of shows across the summer: the South of England Show at Ardingly; Crawley Festival; Worthing Fire Station Open Day; Eastbourne 999 Show and Brighton Pride, among others. I hope you'll come and take part in our consultations.
"We'll also be organising more focus groups across Sussex, including a return to some of the locations we visited last year. If you'd like to take part in a group, please click here.
"As ever, I'm always happy to receive your feedback via my website, on social media (click on the links below) or via one of the surveys we run online.
"To launch my new round of dialogue with residents, I'd appreciate your input. The areas of policing you told me were important in earlier consultation were: anti-social behaviour; road safety; rural crime; theft and burglary; contacting the police; feeling safe in public spaces and at night time. Are these still the issues which concern you? To take part, please click here.