People need to be more than passive receivers of public services and become active participants at a local level, urged Home Secretary David Blunkett when he launched his vision of a truly local, accountable and responsive police service.
To help build safer communities and give local people a stronger voice, policing needs to be carried out with the active co-operation of the public. And it would appear that the public is in favour of such a move. In a recent Home Office survey 79% of respondents thought police in their area should find better ways to find out local people's views; and 67% of respondents thought they should have more of a say in how their local police serve them.
The survey also found that whilst there is a good deal of extremely good practice across the country, there is a feeling that police authorities are not visible in their communities and that there is insufficient understanding or awareness of their intended role in holding chief constables to account for the performance of service in their area. It further shows that people want better communication, information and involvement in local policing.
The Government's consultation paper - "Policing: Building Safer Communities Together" - sets out a broad vision of a modernised, representative, more responsive, local police service. The service must be deeply rooted in the community, delivering the high standards that the public has a right to expect, within a national framework that ensures consistently high standards while allowing local flexibility.
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