An online community safety survey launched by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) this summer has now received over 1000 responses, as members of the public continue to be encouraged to take the opportunity to make their views known.
UCS is working with police in Suffolk and Norfolk to understand people’s perceptions of crime, anti-social behaviour and local policing services in their area.
The online Suffolk and Norfolk Community Safety Survey started on Thursday 2 July 2015 and will be a pivotal part of research led by UCS. It asks the public about their opinions on crime and anti-social behaviour, whether they have witnessed this in their local area and their experiences of encounters with the police.
The results will feed into change programmes currently underway in both counties to identify where cost savings can be made in light of government cuts to policing budgets. It is part of an approach called Evidence Based Policing (EBP) that is being adopted by both police forces as a way of identifying the best way to deliver policing to suit the needs of today’s communities.
The survey has now passed the half-way point, at which time 1063 members of the public had responded. It will close on Friday 16 October and all parties involved are keen for more people to participate and take the opportunity to complete the questionnaire over the remaining weeks.
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: “I’d like to thank all those who have taken time to respond to the survey so far, your views need to be at the very forefront of any decisions we make, so we are very grateful for your input.
“The public response to this survey will help us to see whether we are meeting the needs of our communities here in Suffolk as we redesign policing with reduced budgets. As he hit the half-way mark of the consultation I’d like to encourage everyone to take a few minutes to have their say.”
Suffolk Constabulary’s Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson added: “I am very pleased that so many people have taken part in this survey and the responses we have received so far have been incredibly useful.
“We want as many people as possible to make their views known over the remaining weeks and help us to shape the way we police the county in the future.”
This research is part of ‘the Better Policing Collaborative’, a multi university project which is being led by the University of Nottingham. There are seven projects running over three years; UCS will be looking into two of these, the first of which focusses on community safety, followed by the introduction of Masters and short courses in Evidence Based Policing.
More information about the survey can be found on the UCS website: www.ucs.ac.uk/communitysafetysurvey
The anonymous online survey can be completed by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/norfolksuffolksurvey