Commissioner wants to hear from public on police confidence

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Commissioner wants to hear from public on police confidence

Hampshire and Isle of Wight police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes. Picture by Peter Boam.

CONFIDENCE in the police is to be discussed at a meeting of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes.

As police commissioner, Mr Hayes is responsible for holding the force to account and at the next meeting of his performance, accountability, scrutiny and strategy (COMPASS) meeting, with Ch Cons Andy Marsh, he will focus on confidence in the police.

A spokesman said: "Public confidence in police has been severely shaken in recent times following high profile criticism of the conduct of officers, both past and present, in the handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder, the alleged police cover up following the Hillsborough disaster, dishonest officers in the Plebgate affair and police response to domestic abuse."

Mr Hayes said: "I will seek assurances from Ch Con Andy Marsh the public can trust Hampshire Constabulary in the way it conducts itself in relation to areas such as leadership, governance and standards, complaints processes, and data and statistics.

"So, I invite members of the public to submit their own questions on this particular topic."

In order to be considered by the commissioner, questions must:

Be related to confidence in policing

Not discuss specific or individual cases or investigations

Not be related to the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, as the COMPASS meetings are about the performance of Hampshire Constabulary.

Questions must be submitted by Thursday, next week, via:

Telephone: 01962 871595


Facebook: Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire

Twitter: @HantsPCC, using #COMPASS


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by john jones

16th April 2014, at 08:43:31

what police??????????????
we have a pcso who strolls around unnoticed most of the time and frankly has no more powers than the rest of us. so if he sees an incident he has to call a copper just like the rest of us. "DOH"

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by david wright

15th April 2014, at 10:08:29

What a stupid rhetorical question! Most people have general confidence in the police but overall confidence in the contracted and contracting service provided? No!

I want to see a police presence all the time to give me confidence not hit squads rushing to where an 'incident' is en mass like happens now.

2014 policing is crisis management not prevention and that does not instill confidence My Hayes!

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