Eighty per cent of people in Northamptonshire believe the Police are dealing with the issues that matter most to the local community, according to an in-depth independent study published by the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice today.
The Public Perceptions Report, which was commissioned by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, also reveals that the top policing priority for citizens in the county is speeding and dangerous driving, followed by the need for police visibility and parking issues.
Nearly three-quarters (71%) of residents consider Northamptonshire Police to be doing an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job, while 73% feel that they can rely upon the Police when needed. However, over half of survey participants think the police could be more effective in tackling crime if they increased foot patrols.
The survey, which gathered the views of over 4,000 residents across a broad demographic, contains a number of recommendations to increase public confidence in the work of the police service.
These include the need to develop more sophisticated community engagement protocols, increasing the sharing of information with responsible partner agencies around issues that matter to the community and working with agencies and the public to help tackle dangerous driving and parking, which is the number one concern for residents across all districts of the county by some distance.
Director of the IPSCJ, Laura Knight, said:
“It is vitally important that Force’s understand the opinion of the public, in order to ensure that they can build confidence within their local communities.
“We’re delighted to be able to synthesises our information to provide the Police and Crime Commissioner with recommendations on how to better engage with the public and look forward to working with his Office and Northamptonshire Police to implement these changes.”
Police and Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, commented:
“I am committed to listening to the people of Northamptonshire to ensure we are delivering a service that makes them feel safe in their communities and confident in the work Northamptonshire Police undertakes on their behalf.
“I welcome the findings of this report by the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, which will help to inform the priorities of my Office over the next four years.
“I am continuing to work closely with Chief Constable Simon Edens and his senior leadership team within Northamptonshire Police to develop a Police and Crime Plan that places public safety and confidence at its heart and I look forward to engaging with the public further around these issues as we move closer to finalising our strategic direction.”
Rachel Swann, Assistant Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:
“Any feedback from the public is invaluable and this report provides some useful information for us.
“While we recognise that this is just a snapshot of people living in the county, we take all comments on board and will continue to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the communities we serve to provide the best service possible.”