Bexhill residents are being given the opportunity to help shape policing priorities by joining an Independent Advisory Group.
Police in East Sussex want volunteers to provide feedback and advice on how the force’s actions are being interpreted by the public.
And it’s hoped the move will help improve communication between officers and diverse groups within the area.
Chief Superintendent, Tanya Jones, insisted it was impossible to tackle local issues without knowing the communities being served.
“We must always work to have, maintain and grow, the trust and confidence of local communities, to work with us to tackle issues of crime and disorder in a transparent, inclusive and accessible way,” she said.
Meetings are held quarterly, normally on a Monday evening, and allow a representation of people to have a voice in policing.
If you are over the age of 16 and would like to express an interest in becoming a member of the IAG, please email your details, including your name, contact details and area where you live or community you represent, to ES_Secretariat@sussex.pnn.police.uk by October 2, 2020.
What will IAGs cover?
IAGs will consider key issues such as stop and search figures, hate crime statistics, critical incidents, and issues raised as being topical.
They will aim to:
- Maximise the trust and confidence of the diverse communities of East Sussex through communication, exchanges of views and discussion of police issues;
- Provide a forum for the community to help shape service delivery;
- Enable Sussex Police locally, to develop policies and procedures that are both accessible and transparent;
- Increase our engagement with communities and help expand the potential for community involvement in policing;
- Act as a ‘critical friend’ to review policing and policy decisions and debrief incidents and operations.