Police Authority Survey Results
Responding to emergency calls should still be the number one priority for Police Officers in Cheshire according to people who took part in a Police Authority survey.
Eighty nine per cent of the responses put the issue at the top of the list. The other “top five” priorities were detecting crime and arresting offenders, tackling violent crime, tackling organized crime and terrorism and targeting drug dealers.
More than 68 per cent of the respondents felt that Cheshire Constabulary do “an excellent or good job” and nearly 70 per cent believed “Cheshire police and local councils are dealing with anti social behaviour and crime issues in the area.” This compared with less than 64 per cent last year.
Issues which many people considered a much lower priority included providing crime prevention advice and tackling community problems such as parking, graffiti and damage. Many believed these issues to be a council responsibility.
Many of the 1300-plus opinions were gained in face-to-face street interviews at public “road shows” organized by the Police Authority and Cheshire Police. Others resulted from focus groups, postal surveys and public meetings.
The results will be used as part of the process of drawing up the next Policing Plan.
Margaret Ollerenshaw, Chairman of Cheshire Police Authority, said, “These results are important. The priority choices give a good overall picture of what matters to local people. They will be considered, alongside the professional views of the police and our partners’ priorities, to set objectives for the police service for the forthcoming year.
“The information means police resources are used on issues which people want tackled. The growing satisfaction with the results seems to indicate it is working.”