Have your say on police spending

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, December 13, 2012


THE new police and crime commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight wants residents' views on police spending.

Simon Hayes has launched his first consultation, aimed at ensuring the targets he sets reflect public opinion.

He said: "When I was elected, I made a commitment to be the voice of the people. I spend much of my time meeting community representatives, but I want the public to send views and opinions directly to me.

"When I publish the plan and set the policing element of the council tax, I want my decisions to represent the thoughts of as many people as possible, so I would strongly encourage people to complete the survey.

"The public expects more from our police service, but there is only a limited amount of money in the pot to spend.

"Could the police be doing more in some areas? If so, would people be prepared to pay for it through an increase in the council tax? Or, if we need to make cuts to ensure people don’t pay more, where can we make savings?"

An online survey can be completed at www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/survey and hard copies are available from the commissioner's office, by calling 01962 871595. The consultation will close at noon on January 18.


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by Martin Heath

16th December 2012, at 05:05:51

Here's a thought. Why do the police on the Isle of Wight have to use £40 - 50K cars capable of Mach 1.3 when the average speed on the Island is 10.2MPH? Surely a powder blue and white Morris 1000 with a solitary blue beacon would be sufficient to catch most of the population? The savings could be spent on new technology like a red flag carrying minion to warn of the approaching high speed chicanery from Mr Toad of Arreton out for a Sunday jaunt in his 1983 Datsun Cherry.

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by David Blackford

13th December 2012, at 13:43:08

He doesn't want rubbish remarks like - "spare a copper"

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