'Public assurance meetings' to launch by Lincolnshire's police and crime commissioner Marc Jones
People will be able to attend or tune in to new public assurance meetings being launched by the police and crime commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones and the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly.
The pair hold regular meetings to review police performance and Mr Jones has taken the decision to open the meetings to the public.
Residents will be able to send in questions for the chief constable to answer.
The meeting will also be used to give information about police performance for the previous three months and will include statistics on crime, police response, demand, how quickly the force processes cases and their outcomes.
Questions from the public will need to be submitted in writing and five working days in advance of the meeting. All the answers and reports from the meeting will also be published in the days following the discussion. The meetings will be held four times a year.
The first will take place on Monday, August 12 and will be held in the chamber at Lincolnshire County Council’s office in Lincoln. Deadline for submission of public questions will be Friday, August 2.
“I passionately believe in the democratic process and I believe it is crucial that the public get a chance to both be well informed and able to ask questions about the performance of their police force,” said Mr Jones.
“I believe this is an important step towards our residents seeing how well their tax money is being spent and I am delighted we have been able open these discussions to everyone.”
Mr Skelly added: “This is another fantastic opportunity for us to engage with our communities. Not only will residents in Lincolnshire now be able to see the process by which their police service is held to account, but they can also now be involved in that very process. This means we can tackle the topics that are important to people who live and work here, and I would encourage anyone who wants to put something to myself and the Commissioner to get involved.”
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