Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes (centre) with Island Supt Will Schofield and Ch Insp Nick Heelan. Picture by Peter Boam.
POLICE priorities including tackling anti-social behaviour and rural crime were on the agenda at a major Police and Crime Commissioner consultation on Saturday.
The event, hosted by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, was part of consultation ahead of the publication of his Police and Crime plan.
More than 100 delegates, representing the public, attended the meeting in Netley to discuss issues including police priorities, budgets, reducing re-offending and help for victims.
Mr Hayes said: "I am immensely appreciative to all those who attended this event and provided open and honest views on the way we should be policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
"The common theme throughout these consultation events is to have a more visible police presence on our streets to protect our people and to protect their property.
"It was also recognised that to achieve this there was a necessity to increase the precept for the first time in two years which received overall support."
He added: "Other priorities highlighted by the delegates was the desire to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour and disorder which impacts on quality of life, crack down on violence, burglary, theft and rural crime and to prevent reoffending."