The Royal Borough and Thames Valley Police are inviting communities to help shape the priorities for four extra police officers who will be dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the Royal Borough.
The council is investing in four additional warranted police officers for the Royal Borough, over and above the existing police establishment for the area, to support community safety and enhanced local partnership working between the council and police.
The first initiative of its kind within the Thames Valley force area, these extra officers will initially be in place for a period of three years, and communities are invited to complete a survey to help guide which local policing and community safety issues should be the initial priorities for them.
To take part in the survey, please visit here or use the public-access computers available at all local libraries, where staff are happy to help you get online if needed. If you require paper copies of the survey form, these are also available from libraries upon request. The survey closes at the end of Monday 20 March.
In addition, there are a limited number of spaces available for residents to attend an event involving key partners on Friday 17 March, which will also help to shape the police officers’ priorities and partnership work involving them. To register an interest in attending, please visit https://royalboroughcommunitysafetysummit.eventbrite.co.uk
Councillor David Cannon, Cabinet Member for Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime, and Public Protection, said: “These additional police officers for the Royal Borough, confirmed as a key investment in the council’s budget, will enhance our existing partnership with Thames Valley Police in tackling local crime and anti-social behaviour most affecting our communities and the environment.
“We know that local experiences and perceptions of anti-social behaviour differ at a local level across our borough. This pioneering approach, therefore, will assist us in addressing crime and anti-social behaviour at that local level, in order to maintain and improve community safety across our borough.
“Further community insights, to be gathered through our survey and partner event, will help ensure our stronger local police presence, and the collective response of partners around prevention and enforcement at a community level, are best focussed where it will make the greatest difference to people lives.”
Superintendent Clare Knibbs, Local Policing Area Commander for Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “Through community engagement and events such as Have Your Say, Thames Valley Police are always eager to hear from communities across Windsor & Maidenhead. We will listen to the residents we serve and hear which issues are most pertinent to them.
“We will be working with the Royal Borough to incorporate the local issues raised with the Community Safety Partnership priorities to ensure we improve public confidence and victim experience. We want to provide a visible presence with quality interactions across the area and welcome the insight of our communities to help support this.”